Dappy Found Guilty Of Nightclub Assault
Former N-Dubz singer Dappy has been found guilty of assaulting a man in an Essex nightclub.
The 27-year-old, whose real name is Dino Costas Contostavlos, had denied attacking George Chittock in the early hours of February 27 during a public appearance at Chicago's nightclub in Chelmsford.
Dappy claimed he lashed out in self-defence but was convicted by magistrates at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court and fined £800.
As well as the fine, he was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £930.
Chair of the bench Angela Tucker said the magistrates had found Contostavlos was not under any physical threat at the time of the incident.
He held his head in his hands as the verdict was delivered.
Summing up the case, prosecutor Jacqueline Carey had told the court: "It is no defence for anybody, celebrity or otherwise, to say 'I lashed out because he was rude to me'."
Mitigating, 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."
On Wednesday comedian Jim Davidson turned up at the court to support his "good friend" at the start of the trial.
The pair met while appearing on the reality show Big Brother.
The court was read details of Contostavlos' criminal record, including a six-month suspended sentence for affray and assault in February 2012.
A trial last year heard how he sparked a "mob-handed attack" when he spat at Grace Cochran and Serena Burton, who were both 19, at a petrol station in Guildford, Surrey.
In November Dappy was left injured after being kicked in the face by a horse at his Hertfordshire home.