Reality TV star found guilty of assaulting Sinitta
Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Dawn Ward has been found guilty of assaulting pop singer Sinitta.
Ward, 43, who is married to former footballer Ashley Ward, was found guilty of one count of common assault after a two-day hearing at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court.
The charge stemmed from an April 2015 lunch meeting arranged by the So Macho singer at a restaurant in Belgravia to try and clear the air between them.
It was over some gossip about a friend who had an affair.
Sinitta Malone, who had previously told the court that she was "shocked" and "humiliated" after being shoved and having a napkin thrown at her, later told police "my cheek was sore and bruised".
Ward stood quietly in the dock as District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe told her that she would be bound over in the sum of £500 for three months and ordered her to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
No costs were awarded.
The judge said: "I am going to deal with it quite unusually because I think this quite frankly is, to use an old-fashioned phrase, 'a storm in a teacup'."
She said the fact that the court "has had to spend two days (hearing this case) and have a (police) officer here for two days is a nonsense".
In finding Ward guilty, the judge said: "I am satisfied so that I am sure that Ms Ward prodded or poked Ms Malone. It was an assault by beating. It was unlawful - on that alone I find the case proved."