GIRLS ALOUD STAR BEGINS TRIAL

Cheryl Tweedy is accused of racially aggravated assault...

GIRLS ALOUD singer CHERYL TWEEDY began her trial for racially aggravated assault today (October 9).

On the first day of the trail for the assault alleged to have occurred on January 11 this year, Tweedy was accused of punching a toilet attendant and calling her a “black bitch”, according to the BBC.

Kingston Crown Court heard that Tweedy became violent after being asked for money for some lollipops that were in the toilets of Guildford’s The Drink nightclub while on a night out with bandmate Nicola Roberts.

Giving evidence, part-time law student Sophie Amogbokpa, who was attending the toilets in the club, told the court: “When I asked her for the money, she said ‘My father owns this place, I’m going to deal with you, I’m not going to give you any money’.”

“She was very aggressive and she acted violently towards me – she grabbed those things. She was screaming and talking. She said: ‘You black bitch’ just over and over’.”

Ms Amogbokpa, 39, went on to claim that Tweedy hit her after the venue’s weekend manager Phillip White was called to the scene, causing her glasses to fly off.

The jury of seven men and five women was then shown pictures of Ms Amogokpa’s injuries, which she claimed left her unable to see properly for days after the incident.

Prosecutor Patricia Lees told the jury: “The prosecution allege that part of the reason this offence occurred is no doubt because the defendant had allowed her recent success to go to her head that night, causing her to behave this way to a woman working as a lavatory attendant.”

Tweedy denies racially aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The case continues.