Former boyband member denies assaulting ex-girlfriend

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Former Another Level singer Dane Bowers has denied assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

He told a court he was acting in self-defence when Sophia Cahill was hit on the nose in an incident at his parents' home.

He said he accepted he had made contact when he flailed his arms during a scuffle but insisted it was accidental.

Dane Bowers

Asked by John Blandford, defending, if it was true that he had beaten her up, he said: "No, of course not."

Croydon Magistrates' Court has been told that the incident in January happened after Ms Cahill quizzed him about why he had glitter on his face.

She became suspicious after spotting it as she tried to wake Bowers at about 6.30am on January 29.

The couple had already split up but were living separately in the home they shared with Bowers' parents in Croydon, south London.

Ms Cahill pointed to the glitter and said "it takes the piss", she told the court at an earlier hearing.

The former Miss Wales said Bowers unleashed a violent attack in which he grabbed her by the shoulders, threw her out of a bedroom, hit her in the face, giving her a bloody nose, pulled her hair and squeezed her throat.

Ms Cahill said she had pointed to the glitter on his face.

"I had caught him in bed with somebody (before) - that obviously gave us trust issues.

"We were still living together and we said that if we are still living under the same roof we would not do anything to disrespect each other and do anything with other people.

"He had been out all night and obviously I jumped to conclusions because of other things he has done in the past."

Bowers, 35, who denies one count of assault by beating, said he had been to a circus-themed nightclub the previous evening because he was trying to help a friend get a job.

He got home at 2am or 3am and spent time talking with his father. His mother was in hospital after suffering a heart attack.