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Women 'disrespected' rapper Dappy
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 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.
The trial at Guildford Crown Court has heard 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.
Dappy 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 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."