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Dappy Trial: Rapper Denies Flirting Claims
N-Dubz rapper Dappy has denied sparking a petrol station brawl after flirting with two women - claiming he was simply promoting his new record.
The 25-year-old denied spitting at the pair because they "disrespected" him by calling him "boring".
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of affray, two counts of common assault and one of assault by beating.
The allegations relate to a fight at the Shell garage in Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey, at around 3.30am on February 28 last year.
The trial at Guildford Crown Court heard Dappy had been out that night celebrating at a nightclub after the release of his single Rockstar, featuring Queen guitarist Brian May.
Brian Stork, prosecuting, asked the singer if his role as they drove home was to find girls to bring back to the recording studios to continue their party.
Dappy, charged under his real name of Costadinos Contostavlos, said: "The car I was travelling in was full of bodies, I am not exactly going to pick up two ladies to fit in and the mother of my two kids is in there.
"I can't tell two girls to come in when the mother of my two kids is in there, that's literally impossible."
He is alleged to have spat on the floor next to them and called them sluts when they turned down his advances and called him boring.
He is then accused of spitting at and swinging a punch at a man who stepped in to intervene by putting him in a headlock.
Dappy denies these actions and says he only acted in self-defence.
"I wasn't flirty in any way, I was just doing my job, just trying to be cool to them to get them to buy my record," he said.
"I was directing to the girls as ladies buy records, guys just download them, males they steal it, the majority of males do, the ladies buy it."
He said that the two girls became "very, very rude" to him when he tried to promote his record.
Mr Stork suggested Dappy had spat at the girls, saying: "This is what happens when people disrespect Dappy?"
Dappy said: "Come on sir, really? The girls think it's funny, in that they are trying to stitch me up."
The trial continues.