Dappy Supported By Davidson At Assault Trial
Comedian Jim Davidson has attended the first day of Dappy's trial for allegedly assaulting a member of the public outside a nightclub.
The former N-Dubz singer, whose real name is Dino Costas Contostavlos, is accused of slapping George Chittock after making a celebrity appearance in the early hours of February 27.
He denies assault by beating and is standing trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court.
Davidson said he was attending in a show of moral support: "Dappy is a good friend of mine, 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."
Prosecutor Jaqueline Carey told the court the incident happened after Contostavlos carried out a "meet and greet" at Chicago's in Chelmsford, Essex.
In a police statement read to the court, the performer said he feared he was going to be stabbed on the night of the incident after he was "cut" four or five years earlier.
"I was scared someone was going to put a hole in me, " he said.
"I have had to deal all my life with people trying to cut me and taking cheap shots."
He added he had been attacked on three previous occasions in the 12 months leading up to the incident.
He claimed Mr Chittock had abused him three times over the course of the night, including insulting his dead father.
The pair were in a smoking area along with Contostavlos's minder and two of the club's own door staff at about 2am when he was seen to slap Mr Chittock, Ms Carey said.
The performer was arrested by police and claimed he acted in self-defence.
Ms Carey said: "When the defendant lashed out, he was not under any threat or any perceived threat of violence.
"The CCTV suggests he had no genuine and honest belief that he needed to use force to defend himself."
She said Contostavlos claimed Mr Chittock had been abusive towards him earlier in the night and repeated this in the smoking area.
Jon Harrison, defending, said early in the evening Mr Chittock told Contostavlos: "Dappy, you're a mug, I'm going to knock you out."
Mr Chittock replied: "Incorrect."
Mr Harrison asked Mr Chittock whether he had abused his client two further times over the course of the night.
He suggested that on the second occasion, Mr Chittock was ejected from a VIP area after saying to the performer: "Do you remember me, you pussy?"
Mr Chittock agreed he had been ejected from the area as the star had his photo taken with fans but said it was the result of a misunderstanding and he did not say anything abusive.
Contostavlos, of St Albans, Hertfordshire, is on unconditional bail.