A recap of some of the most prominent assault cases in entertainment this year.
The assault cases in the entertainment business just keep coming. After Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and most recently, Wiz Khalifa, have all faced assault charges, the unfortunate trend is apparently moving across the pond. Former N-Dubz member Dappy has been fined £800 for slapping a man outside Chicago’s in Clemsford after an event back in February. According to BBC News Dappy, 27, faced trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court under his real name Dino Costas Contostavlos. Mr Contostavlos was also told to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £930. He is only the latest to go down in a disturbing series of high profile cases of violence.
Dappy is in abundant, if not very flattering company these days.
At the beginning of the year, former pop sweetheart Justin Bieber was charged with assault after allegedly getting in a brawl with a Toronto limo driver. The incident took place in December 2013.
Dappy has been found guilty of assault.
Former N-Dubz singer Dappy has been found guilty of assaulting a man in an Essex nightclub. The 27-year-old – real name Dino Costas Contostvalos – attacked George Chittock in the early hours of February 27 though had denied it throughout the high profile trial at Chelmsford Magistrates Court.
Dappy at the ITV studios
Dappy was fined £800 for his troubles, as well as being ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £90 and costs of £930. Giving evidence earlier in the week, Mr Contostavlos had claimed he was “scared” that he might be stabbed and lashed out in self-defence after Mr Chittock abused him three times over the court of the evening, including insulting his dead father, reports the Independent.
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If there's something to take away from this year's Isle of Wight Festival, it's probably sunburn. Unlike the mud bath of two years ago, 2014 will be remembered for serving up one of the hottest weekends I can remember for a festival, along with some crowd-pleasing performances. While not every act managed to capture their moment in the sun, all the major names delivered in spades.
But it wasn't just the music that made the weekend for many; a real sense of celebration seemed to erupt across the site. Partly fuelled by anticipation over the World Cup and partly because of the good weather, thousands of smiling faces could be seen everywhere. Sunflowers seemed to be an essential festival accessory and many opted for as few clothes as possible with t-shirts looking like they'd gone out of fashion altogether. I've even had to make a note in my diary that it's international flip-flop day on June 20th, just one of the many things I learnt around Seaclose Park this year.
The highlight of Friday afternoon should have really been local boy Tom Odell on the main stage. But his piano led ballads took some time to win the crowd over despite his number 1 album 'Long Way Down'. By the time he'd finished though, the reaction showed that he'd justified his place on the main stage billing.
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The 26 year-old rapper's obsession with Twitter may have gone too far after he took a selfie of his new face tattoo.
Dappy is known to love Twitter, but maybe he has taken things a little too far.
The 26 year-old rapper added a new tattoo to his already extensive collection of body ink, but this is the first one to grace his face.
Dappy, real name Costadinos Contostavlos, shared a selfie that showed off the famed hashtag symbol '#' inked next to his right eye.
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The N-Dubz star was thrown from the horse and stamped on the face earlier this week
N-Dubz star Dappy is said to be "recovering" after being thrown from his horse and stamped on the face this week. The singer/rapper was hospitalised following the incident near his home in Hertfordshire, which took place on Wednesday, 27 November, and is currently recovering at home.
Dappy is well on the way to recovery
A spokesperson for Dappy confirmed to The Mirror soon after the incident that the 'No Regrets' hit-maker had been injured and sent to hospital after falling from a horse, adding that he spent a night in hospital for observation. The spokesperson added that Dappy is "recovering well" and should make a full recovery, going on to describe the incident as it unfolded.
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N-Dubz star Dappy has become involved in another violent confrontation with a member of the public, only weeks after avoiding a stint in jail for his involvement in a petrol station brawl last year.
N-Dubz star Dappy, real name Costadinos Contostavlos, was lucky to escape with his life after a run-in with a man armed with a cup made entirely out of plastic (!) and possible filled more than halfway. The incident, that happened in Hereford nightclub Play on Friday 29 March, involved a man allegedly throwing the plastic cup at the 'No Regrets' singer, who responded by lashing out at the man from the stage using his microphone and fists.
Dappy, seen here leaving his recent court case, may find himself in front of a judge again soon if his unstable behaviour continues
A video of the incident has emerged but it only captures Dappy's response to the cup-wielding man, which looks a little more excessive than your everyday response to someone who may have thrown a plastic cup at you. Still, Dappy insists his actions were only used as a means of self defence and he was unaware that the cup was made from plastic, rather than glass, as he has since said, "I swung to disarm the glass from his hand. If that glass had hit me it could have been fatal."
A petrol station brawl had threatened to land N-Dubz’ star Dappy in jail for three months, but the controversial singer/rapper escaped jail, breaking into tears and shouting “yes” when he learnt his fate, The Guardian reports.
He was handed a six-month sentence suspended for 18 months at Guildford crown court for assault and affray and ordered to do 150 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay £4,500 compensation and £2,000 in costs. £6.5k and 150 hours of community service is tough, but nowhere near as tough as it could have been; the maximum sentence for his charge was a three year prison sentence. The trouble started at a Shell garage on Woodbridge Road, Guildford, at about 3.30am on 28 February, 2012. Dappy, allegedly, according to the prosecutor, approached Grace Cochran and Serena Burton trying to convince them to get in his car. When they refused, Dappy got angry and fought a man who stepped in to diffuse the situation.
Mr. Dappy – famous for his outspoken nature and hats - has endured plenty of run ins with the law.In November 2005, he was given a community order for possessing a bladed weapon in a public place. In September 2007, he was given 40 hours of community service for battery when he pushed a taxi driver. And in December 2008, he was given a four-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay compensation for two battery offences which related to him spitting at two women.
Dappy broke down in tears and shouted "Yes!" when told he would not be serving a prison sentence for a brawl at a petrol station in Guildford last year. The singer was given a six-month sentence suspended for 18 months at Guildford crown court on Friday morning (February 15, 2013), and told he must complete 150 hours of community service and pay £2,000 costs.
The 25-year-old had faced a maximum sentence of three years in jail after being convicted in connection with a brawl last year. The court heard during a nine-day trial last month that the pop star became angry after two 19-year-old girls refused to get into his car and go to a party at his recording studios. The disagreement led to a fight during which three men were injured. Dappy - real name Costadinos Contostavlos - had been out with friends celebrating the release of his single Rockstar. After spending the night in the VIP area of a Casino nightclub in Guildford drinking shots and Jack Daniels, the group headed back in three cars to the recording studios, stopping at the Shell garage at around 3.30am.
The court was told that Dappy had previous convictions for assault and possessing a bladed weapon. In November 2005, he was given a community order for possessing a bladed weapon in a public place, while in September 2007 he was given 40 hours of community service for battery when he pushed a taxi driver following an argument in Camden.
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The former N-Dubz rapper Dappy could face up to three years in jail, after he was found guilty of assault and affray at Guildford Crown Court. Dappy found himself facing charges after he got himself embroiled in a brawl at a petrol station, when he asked some women to get in his car and they refused. He was accused of spitting at and insulting the women and of assaulting the men that stepped in to defend them.
“Not guilty For spitting at the Females but Guilty for defending my self from the 3 Males!!!! #ThisAintRight,” the ‘No Regrets’ singer tweeted yesterday, after hearing the verdict. A couple of hours later, clearly feeling vindicated, he added “U see... I told u I never Spat at No Girl!!!!! #ThisAintRight.” Hmmm, that doesn’t exactly make up for the fact that you got into a fight with the men, though Dappy and reportedly left them with “severe facial injuries.” You are in no way off the hook.
The maximum sentence for Dappy’s crime stands at three years in jail. He denied the allegations that were made against him but also admitted that he was drunk at the time of the incident, which took place in February 2012.
The N-Dubz rapper who found fame alongside his cousin, X Factor judge Tulisa Constostavlos, in 2009, has been found guilty of assault and affray for an incident at a Surrey petrol station last February.
Dappy was accused of spitting at two girls after he was rejected having tried to chat them up. After this a fight ensued along with his own pals, two of whom joined him in court today, also accused under the same circumstances. Kieran Vassell was also found guilty while Kalonji Stewart was, for some reason, not. As MTV UK reports they have been let out on unconditional bail and will be sentenced on February 15th.
Dappy's track record isn't great and his latest bad behaviour is preceded by a lifetime of breaking the rules, from constant truancy at school, leading to his expulsion, to being accused child abuse, and of assaulting the mother of his two children. However, despite the evidence this time around, Dappy was really not happy with the verdict and both he and TOWIE's Kirk Norcross took to Twitter to air their grievances.