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Ms. Dynamite to perform community service

British hip-hop star also must pay fine for slapping a police officer
/ Source: The Associated Press

A court ordered British hip-hop singer Ms. Dynamite to perform 60 hours of community service and pay $1,324 in compensation to a police officer she slapped outside a nightclub in January, court officials said Thursday.

The singer, whose real name is Niomi McLean-Daley, pleaded guilty Jan. 13 to charges of disorderly conduct and assaulting the female police officer following an incident outside the Paragon Lounge nightclub in London’s West End on Jan. 6.

The 24-year-old will also have to pay an additional $882 in fines for the disorderly conduct charge and $88 in court costs.

Her lawyer, Anthony Burton, said the assault took place after Ms. Dynamite and her 18-year-old sister were subjected to racial remarks inside the club.

“It was not a premeditated push or strike,” Burton said during a hearing at London’s Bow Street Magistrates’ Court. “This was out-of-character behavior.”

Prosecutor Kashif Malik said police tried to calm Ms. Dynamite but she refused, slapping the officer after she tried to remove the singer’s jewelry.

“She kept screaming. She kept repeating the words, ‘You don’t care, you are not bothered,”’ Malik said. “She was swearing and there was a short struggle.”

Ms. Dynamite’s 2002 debut album, “A Little Deeper,” won Britain’s Mercury Prize for album of the year.