Dappy has been found guilty in court today on charges of assault by beating after slapping a man outside a nightclub earlier this year.
The former N-Dubz member appeared at Chelmsford Magistrate’s Court under his real name, Dino Costas Contostavlos, today (June 19) and denied the charge. He is now awaiting sentencing. The assault took place outside the Chicago’s nightclub in Chelmsford on February 27 this year
Speaking in Contostavlos’ defence, defence lawyer Jon Harrison said: “It was no doubt a regrettable incident but one that was over very quickly and left a person red faced and very, very angry. He is a polarising figure who is clearly liked by a great many people but he is equally disliked by many others.”
BBC News reports that Contostavlos was not under any physical threat at the time of the incident and that he held his head in his hands as the verdict was delivered.
Earlier in the trial comedian Jim Davidson appeared at the court and told reporters that he was there to support his “good friend.” The pair appeared on a reality TV show one month before the assault with Davidson telling reporters outside the court that, “We became close on Big Brother. I don’t know what’s happened in this case but I’m just here to show him my support.”