Dappy criticised by Lawrence widow for video tribute to killer

The widow of Philip Lawrence criticises Dappy for using the name of her husband's killer in a pop video

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Dappy has been criticised by the widow of Philip Lawrence after he called for the headteacher's killer to be freed.

The video for the rapper's new single, 'I'm Coming (Tarzan Part 2)', includes the message "Free Leo Chindamo" in its opening credits. Chindamo began a second stint in prison last year after he apparently breached the terms of his licence by meeting a gang member, breaking a curfew and failing a breath test.

He was originally jailed for life with a minimum of 12 years for the stabbing of Lawrence, which took place outside the headteacher's west London school in December 1995.

Yesterday, the N-Dubz star claimed that he "honestly wasn't aware he did that" and the controversial clip was removed from YouTube. A spokesperson for the rapper has since confirmed that the video will be re-edited to remove the Chindamo reference before it appears online again.

However, the video had already amassed 225,000 views and Lawrence's widow had been made aware of the Chindamo reference. She told the Western Mail: "I haven't heard the song yet. But I don't think it is right someone should be making money from using his name in a song."

It is not known whether Dappy has been informed of her comments, but the rapper has pledged to donate all "personal royalties" from 'I'm Coming (Tarzan Part 2)' to crime reduction charity Nacro.

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