Rapper Lady Leshurr found not guilty of attacking ex-girlfriend's partner

Rapper Lady Leshurr has been found not guilty of attacking her ex-girlfriend's partner.

The 35-year-old was accused of assaulting Chante Boyea - who at the time was dating her ex-girlfriend Sidnee Hussein - just after 5am on 22 October 2022.

The rapper, whose real name is Melesha O'Garro, allegedly bit her hand so badly that she suffered "nerve damage".

But a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London found her not guilty on Wednesday on two counts of occasioning actual bodily harm, a court official said.

The former Dancing On Ice contestant said Ms Boyea, a security officer, attacked her first and used her Belgian Malinois dog Toby as a "weapon" during the incident in Walthamstow, northeast London.

O'Garro's co-defendant, Sherelle Smith, was also found not guilty on one count of the same charge.

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'People have deserted me'

Leshurr posted a video on Instagram after the verdict, with the caption saying her "career is ruined".

Dressed in a purple suit with a black T-shirt, the caption read: "For the past year I've been battling a court case from people that accused me of stalking, harassing, and biting them but I was the victim.

"I was attacked and bitten by a dog and made out to be the aggressor. For a whole year people have deserted me, dropped me from deals, and didn't want to work with me anymore. For a whole year I have had no income.

"Today has been judgement day. I'm shaking whilst I write this. My career has been ruined regardless no matter the outcome, but at least I have a clean record and can finally get on with my life."

Leshurr is a MOBO Award winner and has achieved critical acclaim for her freestyle raps.

She appeared on The Celebrity Circle in 2021, reached the semi-final of the 13th series of Dancing On Ice in 2021 and was a guest panellist on the ITV show Loose Women in April and August 2022.