Former N-Dubz singer Dappy has been found guilty of assaulting a man at a nightclub in Reading.
The 27-year-old, who was tried under his real name of Costadinos Contostavlos, had denied attacking Devonn Reid during a public appearance at the Evissa club on October 6 last year.
Reading Magistrates’ Court heard that a fight broke out because Contostavlos began chatting to Mr Reid’s female friend and girlfriend at the club’s bar, and that the singer punched him after Mr Reid told him not to talk to them.
Describing the lead-up to the incident, Mr Reid said he and his friends were on the dancefloor when Contostavlos, who had denied assault, approached them and asked them if they had a problem before offering them a drink.
Later Mr Reid said he saw his friend, Marie O’Reilly, and his girlfriend, Cydney Webb, chatting with Contostavlos at the bar, and that the singer had his arm around Ms O’Reilly.
He said: “I thought it was in a flirtatious way and I said to Marie ‘Why are you talking with him?’
“Dappy said to me ‘What, don’t you want me talking to them?’
“He said ‘Why don’t you want me talking to them?’, and I pointed to Marie and said ‘Don’t talk to none of them’.
“He said something and I said ‘What?’, and I turned to look at him and that is when he hit me straight on the nose.”
Mr Reid added: “He had just turned and hit me straight with his right hand.
“After that we just gone. Bouncers came and grabbed him, I have gone to the toilet to clean myself up. He had popped my nose.”
This is not the first time the star has had a brush with the law.
He was given a six-month suspended sentence for an affray and assault in February 2012. The trial heard that 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.
In June this year he was fined 800 for lashing out and slapping a man at a nightclub in Chelmsford, Essex in February.