Dappy rather uncharacteristically (we assume) broke down in tears shouting “Yes!” as he avoided a prison stint today.
The N-Dubz rapper was given a six-month sentence suspended for 18 months at Guildford crown court for assault and affray and ordered to do 150 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay £4,500 compensation and £2,000 in costs.
The 25-year-old cousin of Tulisa, was facing a maximum of 3 years in prison for his part in a fight last February, during which three men were injured.
His lawyer argued that prison would be detrimental to his career. Paul Greaney contended that a prison term would bring an end to his career in the music industry. He reasoned:
"It is inevitable now that he will not be able to visit or work in America. Furthermore, as a result of the convictions, certain important radio stations will not play his records. His earning capacity now is extremely limited and those responsible for his management believe a period of custody will bring his career to an end."
He added: "People depend on Mr Contostavlos, I mention not only his family, his mother and brother and his partner and children but a number of people who work for him.
He continued: "These proceedings have had a quite massive impact on Mr Contostavlos and the court would be entitled to conclude that he has learnt a very important lesson indeed and he has shown real insight into the impact on his victims of his behaviour that night."