Girls Aloud singer in court on 'racist attack' charge

Cheryl Tweedy, singer with Girls Aloud, has appeared in court charged with racially aggravated assault.

Cheryl Tweedy, singer with Girls Aloud, has appeared in court charged with racially aggravated assault.

The 19-year-old singer went before magistrates in Guildford, Surrey, accused of an attack on toilet attendant Sophie Amogbokpa in The Drink nightclub in the town on January 11.

The charge of racially aggravated actual bodily harm has been withdrawn and replaced with a new charge of racially aggravated common assault.

Tweedy, from Newcastle upon Tyne, issued a statement denying the accusations after the incident but could face up to two years in prison if found guilty.

The case was adjourned by magistrates for her to appear again on April 4 and she was remanded on conditional bail.

The band was formed from the ITV programme Pop Stars: The Rivals and enjoyed initial success with a number one single, Sound of the Underground.

But troubled times have followed with the death of tour manager John McMahon in a Christmas Day car crash and more recently the cancellation of a tour due to poor ticket sales.

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