Lady Leshurr says court case has 'ruined career' despite not guilty verdict

The rapper said the assault case was 'one of the worst experiences of her life'. Credit: PA

Rapper Lady Leshurr has said her career has been “ruined”, despite being found not guilty of attacking her ex-girlfriend's partner. The 35-year-old performer, whose real name is Melesha O’Garro, told how she was left without income for a whole year as she went through the legal process.

Ms O’Garro was accused of assaulting Chante Boyea – who at the time was dating her ex-girlfriend Sidnee Hussein – just after 5am on October 22 2022.

She was alleged to have bitten her hand so badly that she suffered “nerve damage”.

However, yesterday a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London found her not guilty on two counts of occasioning actual bodily harm.

In a video on Instagram after the verdict, the musician said the court case has been “one of the worst experiences of my life”. She added in the accompanying caption: “For the past year I’ve been battling a court case from people that accused me of stalking, harassing and biting them but I was the victim. I was attacked and bitten by a dog and made out to be the aggressor.

"For a whole year people have deserted me, dropped me from deals, and didn’t want to work with me any more. For a whole year I have had no income.”

She added: “My brand/career has been ruined regardless no matter the outcome, but at least I have a clean record and can FINALLY get on with my life.”

Earlier in the trial, the former Dancing On Ice contestant said Ms Boyea, a security officer, attacked her first and used her Belgian Malinois dog Toby as a “weapon” during the incident in Walthamstow, north-east London – a claim she strongly denied. Ms O’Garro’s co-defendant, Sherelle Smith, was also found not guilty on one count of the same charge.

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