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Rapper Dizzee Rascal denies assaulting woman in South London

Rapper Dizzee Rascal has denied assaulting a woman at a property in South London.

The 36-year-old, real name Dylan Mills, appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Friday (September 3) charged with a single count of assault by beating.

The incident is alleged to have taken place at a property in Fishers Close, Streatham, on June 8 earlier this year.

A woman at the property, Cassandra Jones, suffered minor injuries, but did not require any hospital treatment.

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Dizzee Rascal is charged with assault by beating

The award-winning artist arrived at court wearing a black suit and was speaking on a red mobile phone as he entered the building.

He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address at the hearing before entering a plea of not guilty to the charge.

Mills, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours last year for services to music, will next appear at the same court for trial on February 18, 2022.

Dizzee Rascal real name Dylan Mills, arrives at Croydon Magistrates' Court
Dizzee Rascal, real name Dylan Mills, arrives at Croydon Magistrates’ Court

He was told by magistrates: “You are granted bail with conditions to appear in February 18, 2022, at 10am.

“If you do not come back to court on that date, you may commit will be committing an offence and may be sent to prison. If you commit an offence while on bail, your sentence may also be greater.”

The court heard that the rapper “denies pushing her [the victim] to the floor” during the alleged incident.

Ms Jones and her mother are expected to give evidence at the trial, while Mills’ manager is also expected to appear as a witness.

Iskander Fernandez, the rapper’s counsel in court, said: “He received a phone call when the altercation is said to have taken place.”

Rapper Dizzee Rascal denies assaulting woman in South London

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“He received a detailed account which was very much at odds with what the complainant said.”

Dizzee Rascal, who grew up in Bow, East London first came onto the rap scene in 2003 with his Mercury-winning album Boy in da Corner.

He subsequently went on to become a household name with number one hits including the likes of Bonkers, Dance Wiv Me and Shout.

The rapper has also won esteemed music awards including a Mercury Prize.

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