Noel Fielding told the High Court that his was friend was allegedly beaten by police officers as he lay handcuffed on the ground dressed in “gold boots and a boiler suit”.
The surrealist comedian, 41, was giving evidence as part of a £80,000 assault claim made by Jimmy Browne, 53 – who acted as a minder for the late Amy Winehouse – against the Metropolitan police.
He said the he was left “deeply shocked” after witnessing the incident, which allegedly took place in Kentish Town in 2010.
Browne claims he suffered a broken leg after he was kicked by an officer, but the Met argues that it acted reasonably and within its own powers.
Fielding said he was still in the same outfit he was wearing on stage when he and Browne were stopped by police after he performed a late night gig. Officers suspected that Browne was in possession of illegal drugs. However, following a search, none were found on his person.
The Met’s barrister Andrew Buckett commented that Fielding “must have stuck out like a sore thumb”.
“It was in Kentish Town so there were quite a few brightly coloured people around,” Fielding replied.
He claimed that although he did not see his friend being beaten by the officer, he could hear it.
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