Saturday 24 February 2018

Dappy cuts offensive music video

Dappy said he didn't mean to cause any upset with his lyrics
Dappy said he didn't mean to cause any upset with his lyrics

Dappy has removed a reference to the killer of headteacher Philip Lawrence from his new music video after facing a storm of criticism.

The film for his new single Tarzan 2 originally had the message "Free Leo Chindamo" in the opening credits.

Chindamo was jailed last year after breaching the terms of his licence by meeting a gang member, breaking a curfew and failing a breath test, it is understood. He was originally jailed for life with a minimum of 12 years after stabbing Mr Lawrence outside his school in west London.

A spokesman for Dappy said the film, which had more than 225,000 views on YouTube since it was uploaded on July 3, had been taken down and will be re-edited without the reference to Chindamo.

He added that the N-Dubz star will donate all his "personal royalties" from the track to crime reduction charity Nacro.

Dappy had earlier apologised and said he "honestly wasn't aware" of the high-profile crime which shocked the nation in December 1995.

He wrote: "I knew his brother from when I was young. In no way did I intend to cause upset and certainly didn't know about his past. My heart goes out to Mr Lawrence's family. I know too well the pain of losing a loved one, sincerely Dappy."

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