Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts has told a court her bandmate Cheryl Tweedy was punched twice in the face by nightclub toilet attendant Sophie Amogbokpa
before she hit back. She backed up Tweedy’s story that the attendant started
the trouble in the Guilford club back in January – hitting out as Tweedy looking for cash in her handbag in order to buy some sweets off Amogbokpa.
Roberts denied allegations by the prosecution that she had made up her story
to help her band mate. The prosecution wanted to capitalise on the fact that in Tweedy’s telling of events she was only hit once. Prosecution lawyer Patricia Lees said: “You (Miss Roberts) threw her (Tweedy) a lifeline and she grabbed it, but you did not have the chance to talk again that is why you’ve got it wrong, that is why you said she was punched twice”.
But Roberts replied: “I’m not going to lie for anybody. At the end of the day it’s my life, my career, I’m not going to lie for anybody.”
More from the ongoing Girls Aloud court case over Cheryl Tweedy’s alleged
racist assault on a toilet attendant at a Guilford club.
Both sides gave their closing statements on Friday. The lawyer for the
prosecution told the court: “Even important or famous people can behave very
badly indeed. Who do you think was behaving well or badly on this night? The stone-cold sober lavatory attendant or the drunk Cheryl Tweedy who was
frankly all over the place? On this occasion, intoxicated and full, I am afraid, of her own self-importance Ms Tweedy treated another woman extremely badly.”
Tweedy’s defence lawyer argued that there was “a total absence” of evidence
that Miss Tweedy had made racist remarks from any witnesses, except from
members of the club staff who had spoken with a PR agent the club hired after the incident. He told the jury everyone had a right to defend themselves and that it was up to the prosecution to prove the singer, who sobbed in the dock as he spoke, had not acted in self-defence.
The trial continues today.