Dizzee Rascal headbutted his former partner at her south London home, court hears
- British rapper, real name Dylan Mills, was arrested by police on June 8 for assault
- Charged with assaulting Cassandra Jones at a property in Streatham, London
- He was in court today after alleged victim reported suffering an injury to police
Rapper Dizzee Rascal today denied headbutting his ex-girlfriend during a row at her house.
The 36-year-old performer appeared in court under his real name, Dylan Mills, charged with assaulting Cassandra Jones at a property in Streatham, south London, in June this year.
Rascal, who was in the dock at Croydon Magistrates Court wearing a suit and tie, spoke only to confirm his name, address and to enter his not guilty plea.
Dizzee Rascal real name Dylan Mills, arrives at Croydon Magistrates’ Court today where he is charged with assault following an incident at a residential address in Streatham, South London
The British rapper, 36, whose real name is Dylan Mills, was arrested by police on June 8 on suspicion of common assault (pictured at a gig in Cornwall last month)
The court heard the trial will involve evidence from several witnesses, including the complainant, her mother, Rascal and Rascal’s manager who was phoned shortly after the incident.
Iskander Fernandez, representing the Mercury Prize winner, said: ‘There’s an extra witness: the defendant’s manager will also give evidence. He received a phone call shortly after what took place.’
Chair of Magistrates Alan Hutchings adjourned the matter for trial to take place in February next year.
He said: ‘You are granted bail with conditions to next appear on February 18, 2022, at 10am.
‘If you do not come back to this court on that date and time you may be committing an offence where you could be fined or sent to prison.’
Mills’ bail conditions include that he must not contact the complainant or her mother, directly or indirectly, nor go to the road where she lives, other than for purposes of contact through solicitors in consideration of childcare.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: ‘Dylan Mills, 36, of Sevenoaks, Kent, has been charged with assault after an incident at a residential address in Streatham on June 8.
‘Officers attended and a woman reported minor injuries. She did not require hospital treatment.’
The rapper, who was awarded an MBE last year for services to music, won the Mercury Award for album of the year in 2003 with his first solo album, Boy in da Corner
Rascal, of Sevenoaks in Kent, was just 18 when his debut album, Boy In Da Corner, was released in 2003.
Since then he has become one of Britain’s most successful acts and performed at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic.
He has scored a string of number one singles, including Dance Wiv Me and Bonkers.
He released his latest album, E3 AF, in 2020 where in the same year he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to music.
Mills recently performed at the Boardmasters music festival alongside bands including The Kooks, Gorillaz and Foals.
His private life is little reported on – but it is believed that he has previously dated model Kaya Bousquet, who died in a high-speed car crash in 2008.
Mills has his own record label called Dirtee Stank and was able to win over new fans in March this year when he appeared on the Great British Bake-Off.