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Dane Bowers in court on ex-fiancee assault charge

Dane Bowers Credit: Chris Ison / PA Archive

Former boyband star Dane Bowers is to appear in court today, charged with assault.

Bowers, 35, has pleaded not guilty to one count of assault by beating against his ex-fiancee Sophia Cahill in Croydon in January.

Bowers, a former Brit School student, became famous in the late-1990s as a member of R&B band Another Level and after the group disbanded he sang a duet, Out Of Your Mind, with Victoria Beckham. He went on to appear in Celebrity Big Brother in 2010.

Big Reunion all-star group may carry on into the future

Former Pop Idol star Gareth Gates is keen to carry on with the new group.

Newly created all-star group 5th Story - which features Gareth Gates and Dane Bowers - say they could see themselves carrying on into the future, despite being assembled simply for the ITV2 series The Big Reunion.

The five-piece is made up of performers who have had either solo careers or a stint in other groups and viewers will see how they get on during a second series of the show.

Until now the programme has focused on defunct groups being brought back together and acts such as A1, 3T and three-quarters of Eternal will be seen regrouping in the latest run.

Former boyband member Dane Bowers has joined 5th Story

Launching the series today, members of 5th Story said after a few days of rehearsal they were getting on well.

Bowers said it would depend on the response from fans whether the collaboration would continue beyond the show.

"It does need to be right - people have really got to love it for it to work. At the minute we get on and we're having fun. There is definitely scope for us creatively to move on," he said.

"We didn't know if it was going to work, but there's some talented people in the band."