22 Friday, 11 September 2009 London Lite hip hop stars secret assault Drink brawl Dappy spat in girls faceCHART-TOPPING rapper Dappy has a secret assault conviction for spitting in a girls face during a drunken brawl, it was revealed today. The N-Dubz front man, 22, has kept quiet about his fight with two women, which happened at a hostel after a boozy night out. Dappy, real name Costas Contostavlos, had been drinking with a female fan and was asked back to her temporary accommodation in Chelmsford, Essex. After heated words with the two women at the hostel, one spat in his face and the platinum-selling artist, who scored a summer hit with Tinchy Stryder, responded by doing the same. They called the police and brought charges against the rapper, which were heard at Chelmsford magistrates court in December. He pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and received four weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, and 100 hours com- munity service, to run concurrently, plus 50 compensation and 300 costs. News of his conviction comes just days after Dappy, who claims to promote positivity, was revealed to have recorded a music video glorifying gun crime two years before he joined N-Dubz. The track, called Babylon Fi Get Shot, was recorded with a fellow rapper called Face Killa and featured ref- erences to extreme violence. The title means roughly: Police to get shot. But Dappy has distanced himself from the track, saying it is something he regrets. He said: I was young and dumb, and Ive grown up a lot since then. Im an adult now and turned my back on those views a long time ago as they are wrong. Doing the job I do now has made me real- ise you dont have to hate the police and be nega- tive about them. N-Dubz are all about positivity. COMMUTERS on the Great Western line into London face long delays in a dispute over a bridge spanning the track. Network Rail wants to replace the bridge, near Reading, as part of an upgrade, but locals have had the 1860 Brunel-designed bridge listed in a move that is threatening the 71m scheme. An NR spokesman said: The listing of the bridge is a massive blow. We are urgently seeking de- listing to get this project back on track. by mark blunden Rap sheet: Costas Contostavlos got a suspended jail sentence Localsrailagainstplanforbridge index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html