Published On: Wed, Nov 1st, 2023

Rapper Lady Leshurr found not guilty of attacking ex-girlfriend’s partner | Ents & Arts News

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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Lady Leshurr after winning best female act award at the 21st Mobo Awards at Glasgow's SSE Hydro.
Lady Leshurr after winning best female act at the 21st MOBO Awards in 2016

‘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.

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