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X Factor Hopeful Who Glassed Man Avoids Jail
An X Factor hopeful who was axed from the show after she glassed her boyfriendhas avoided jail.
Lucie Slater, 21, was sentenced to 51 weeks in prison suspended for two years, a two-year supervision order and 120 hours of community service.
Slater, from Ryton, Gateshead, had pleaded guilty to unlawfully wounding DJ William Aitken in June.
The couple were drinking wine together at his house when she came across a message on Facebook that she did not like, the court heard.
"We were cuddling," Mr Aitken recalled. "Next thing I knew she swung round and hit me with a glass and my face began to pour with blood."
The woman also threw a laptop across the room.
Slater then drove him to hospital, where she first claimed he had fallen down the stairs but later admitted what happened, the court was told.
Slater, a bar promotion worker, was part of girl band Quantro but they were thrown off the ITV talent show when the attack came to light.
Judge Toby Hedworth said: "Drink played a greater role than is now suggested.
"I also take into account the effect of your actions on Mr Aitken. All that he has ever sought in these proceedings was an acknowledgement of what happened."
Due to his injuries and the time he spent in hospital, Mr Aitken lost his business and modelling career, the court heard.
Mr Aitken said the experience was "life changing" and called the assault "an act of stupidness" that caused a lot of damage.
"I really did not think she was capable of something like that. We are not speaking to each other now," he said.
"I still love her and I want to know why she did it. It's a really sad love story. We did not plan our future like this. Instead of us breaking up, we have been ripped apart."
Slater was initially charged with the more serious offence of wounding with intent but her plea to the lesser charge was accepted by the prosecution.