Bugzy Malone has vowed to continue with his tour later this year after being cleared of unlawfully punching two men.
The rapper, 30, fractured their jaws with single blows after his then girlfriend Miami McKenzie phoned to say three men were breaking into their house.
Manchester Crown Court heard that as the musician approached his home, the grime star – real name Aaron Davis – said he saw his friend with two men in ‘what was clearly a confrontation’.
He ran over and hit one of the men with a ‘reflex’ punch, claiming he had lunged towards him, and then said he struck the other who made a ‘sharp movement’ in his direction with clenched fists.
The Crown argued that the musician didn’t act in self-defence, and instead angrily struck out in a sense of justified revenge after he wrongly believed they were the intruders.
Jurors found Malone not guilty of two counts of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Bugzy Malone, real name Aaron Davis, spoke out in a brief video shared on his Facebook page telling his fans he was ‘proud of the British justice system’.
Bugzy Malone has spoken out after the verdict (Picture: WireImage)
He said: ‘They say I broke the jaws of two strangers but it wasn’t two strangers. It was three intruders. They broke onto my land and they threatened family and they also threatened me.
‘I came back and I protected my family and that’s what we’re taught to do in Britain. You protect your castle.
‘I’m feeling proud to be British and watching the British justice system. I thank the judge for being so fair and the jury for going through the evidence with a real fine tooth comb. It was great watching the way the thing got dealt with in such a professional way.
‘Here we are with a not guilty which means the show continues. The tour goes on. November, December, gonna be a shut down event.
‘I’m gonna shut down the stadium in my home town, never been done before by an artist in my genre of music.
‘So I just wanted to thank my supporters. I’ve seen a few comments from you lot and I’m very grateful for your support. We go again.’
Giving a statement outside court, the rapper’s solicitor Lachlan Nisbet said: ‘From difficult beginnings Bugzy has worked hard to make a success of himself. Like anyone else he has the right to protect himself, his home and his family if strangers intrude on his property.’
He added that Bugzy was ‘looking forward to his UK tour being his core focus.’
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