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.
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 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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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.
Dappy has been found guilty of affray in light of the court case that's been going on over an incident involving him and two women at a petrol station in Guildford, Surrey. The story goes that Dappy asked the two women if they wanted to come back with him, after bumping into them at the garage in the evening. When the women rejected his advance, he repotedly spat at them, the incident spiralling into a fight between Dappy, some of his pals, and some men who happened to be nearby.
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It’s not looking good for Dappy, who has been charged with affray, two counts of common assault and one of assault by beating in connection with a fight at a garage in Guildford, Surrey, in the early hours on February 28 last year.
However, the N-Dubz man is insisting his innocence in court, telling the jury that he thinks that the two women on the prosecutor’s side are trying to stitch him up. According to the Daily Mail, Dappy told the prosecuting lawyer “How am I going to get anywhere by spitting at girls. I have been broke for 18 years of my life, I am financially stable, I am grateful for it, I have done nothing to those girls.” However, having said that the two had disrespected him, he was challenged “This is what happens when girls disrespect Dappy?” to which he replied “Come on sir, really? The girls think it’s funny, in that they are trying to stitch me up.”
The incident allegedly occurred after Dappy had asked the two if they wanted to come back with him after bumping into them at the garage. When they said know he is supposed to have spat at them, the incident setting in motion a chain of events that led to a fight between him, his friends and some nearby men.
Dappy is in court this week having been charged for two counts of assault and one of affray. Yesterday it was reported that there was DNA evidence that placed him at the scene with his saliva on the tshirt of one of the victims. However, today one of the witnesses has been accused of saying that she will just 'bullsh*t during questioning, and plans to sell her story to get rich. Ultimately this rocks the basis of the prosecution so Dappy's fate now seems more secure.
According to the Sun, the police had examined the phones of the witnesses which included a number of BBM messages between the witness, 19 year old Serena Burton, and her friends. Burton received a message saying: ""OMG definitely sell the story ha ha ha, that's so good. Just say what happened, you are good at talking so you will be fine, ha ha ha." And replies with: "Ha ha ha, I do not even remember, to be fair, but I will bullsh*t."
To another friend Burton said: "Going to sell my story to all the magazines and get rich." Apparently, another message to another witness in the trial, Grace Cochran, said: "Didn't they say we can do what we can after the trial is over... So let's literally ring Heat and stuff and sell our story."
It’s a mixed bag for UK albums, as the release schedule starts to slow in preparation for the big race for the Christmas sales market. This week, Jake Bugg toppled Mumford & Sons from what looked to be a pretty comfortable reign at the top of the albums chart. But can he stay there for a second week or do any of this week’s releases have what to takes to shift him?
The strongest competition for Jake will be coming from across the pond, in the shape of the fourth studio album from Taylor Swift entitled Red.
She performed on the X Factor results show here last weekend and her last album, 2010’s Speak Now reached number six. Her profile has increased considerably since then, though – thanks in no small part to her contribution to the Hunger Games soundtrack. If anyone can shift Bugg from the top spot, we reckon it’s Taylor.
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