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N-Dubz rapper Dappy has denied sparking a petrol station brawl because he was “disrespected” by two teenage women who called him “boring”.
The 25-year-old, originally from London, is charged with affray, two counts of common assault and one of assault by beating in connection with the fight at the Shell garage in Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey, at about 3.30am on February 28 last year.
He is charged alongside Kieran Vassell, 25, of Hammersmith, west London, and Kalonji Stewart, 32, of Harborne, Birmingham, who are each charged with affray.
Alfred Miller, 28, of Brentford, west London, has pleaded guilty to affray and his case was adjourned for sentence at the end of the trial.
The trial at Guildford Crown Court has heard that Dappy had been out that night celebrating at a nightclub the release of his new single Rockstar featuring Queen guitarist Brian May.
Brian Stork, prosecuting, asked Dappy 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.”
The rapper denied flirting with the women, saying he was simply promoting his record.
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.
The rapper denies these actions and says he only acted in self-defence.
He said: “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.”
Mr Stork suggested that Dappy’s reason for talking to the women was to bring them back to a party at the recording studios.
Dappy replied: “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.
“I was trying to let the girls know that my single was coming out, if you go to a concert, the majority are girls in the front row, they are the screamers and the ones that buy records.”
He said that the two girls became “very, very rude” to him when he tried to promote his record.
Mr Stork said to him: “They not only failed to recognise you, and to use a street term, they dissed you, they had shown you disrespect.”
Dappy replied: “They had shown me disrespect, a lot.”
Mr Stork continued: “And just to show them who shouldn’t be disrespected and to show them you were above them, you spat at them.”
Dappy replied: “How am I going to get anywhere by spitting at girls.
“I have been broke for 18 years of my life, I am financially stable, I am grateful for it, I have done nothing to those girls.”
Mr Stork added: “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.”
Dappy added that in the car after the incident he said: “How could the girls do that to me?” to which Mr Stork asked: “What did the girls do to you?”
He replied: “They been very, very rude when I told them to buy my record.”
The court has heard that Dappy has previously been convicted of two counts of battery in relation to an incident in 2008 when he spat at two women.
Dappy said: “I was attacked by the two ladies, I am never, ever going to touch a woman.”
He said that he had been attacked because “in the humblest way ever it is because I was known”.
Mr Stork said: “If someone would want to put you down, you spit at them?”
Dappy replied: “No.”
Mr Stork continued: “You do not want to touch a woman but you do not mind spitting at them?”
Dappy replied: “No.”
Mr Stork added: “Your reaction to that ultimate insult in your eyes of being called boring was to spit at those two girls?”
Dappy replied: “I did not spit at the girls.”
The rapper said that he also felt he was disrespected by people because of the way he was treated by the media.
He said: “I look at it as I am an underdog, the way the media scrutinises me when you release a record that goes well.
“Anything I do they have got me, if I have my finger in my nose, they have got me.”
Stewart told the court that he had only acted to assist his “good friend” Dappy who had been put in a headlock.
He described how he drove on to the garage forecourt and went into the shop.
As he came out, he said that he saw Dappy being held by one of the alleged victims, David Jenkins.
Stewart said: “I was seeing the guy getting Dappy in a headlock, as soon as I saw him do that I came out of the shop.”
He added that his intention was “just to stop it, to get him (Dappy) away from there”.
He said that he did not punch or kick anyone.
Vassell also denies his part in the affray.
The trial was adjourned until Monday.