Singer on racial assault charge is not 'above law'

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The Girls Aloud singer accused of a racial attack on a nightclub toilet attendant was not "above the law" just because she was a celebrity, a jury was told yesterday.

Cheryl Tweedy, 20, had experienced a few weeks of "meteoric success" and was "full of her own self-importance" on the night she allegedly punched Sophie Amogbokpa, Kingston Crown Court heard.

Ms Tweedy, of Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, is alleged to have punched Mrs Amogbokpa and left her with a black eye, after a row at The Drink nightclub in Guildford, Surrey, on 11 January.

The "intoxicated" pop star also hurled a "torrent" of insults at the attendant, including racist remarks, because she requested payment for a handful of lollipops, alleged prosecuting counsel Patricia Lees.

Ms Tweedy denies racially aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.