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  Cheryl guilty of nightclub attack
Updated 20 October 2003, 16.52
Cheryl Tweedy outside court in Kingston
Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Tweedy has been sentenced to do 120 hours' unpaid work in the community after being found guilty of punching a toilet attendant.

She was cleared of a separate charge of having a racist motive in attacking Sophie Amogbokpa in a Surrey nightclub.

The jury couldn't agree on a unanimous verdict on the punching charge, so the judge accepted a majority verdict - 11 out of 12 jurors said she was guilty.

Cheryl was also ordered to pay 500 to Sophie and 3,000 towards court costs.

When handing down the sentence, the judge told Cheryl: "You showed no remorse whatsoever."

But he said he didn't think Cheryl would get in trouble again.

The 20-year-old of Heaton, Newcastle, gasped when the guilty verdict was announced at Kingston Crown Court in Surrey.


Her solicitor read a statement from Cheryl as she left the court.

"I am thankful that the jury have accepted that this incident had nothing to do with race.

"I am not a racist and anyone who knows me knows that I wouldn't say anything racist."

Cheryl said she was "stunned and disappointed" by her conviction.

The trial opened on Thursday, 9 October.

The court was told that a row had broken out between Cheryl and Sophie about payment for some lollipops at The Drink nightclub in Guildford.

'Self defence'

Cheryl told the court that she had hit Sophie, but it was in self defence.

The incident took place when the singer visited the club with bandmate Nicola Roberts in January.

Cheryl had denied assault and racially-aggravated assault.

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