Grime artist Wiley put on an animated display as he arrived at court today charged with assaulting a kickboxer and breaking into his flat.
The rapper, 42, whose real name is Richard Cowie Jr, dressed casually in a black jumper and white Nike shorts as he made his way to London‘s Thames Magistrates’ Court this morning.
Cowie Jr, who has been called the ‘Godfather of Grime’, is accused of breaking into the home of friend and kickboxer Ali Jacko in Forest Gate, east London, on August 28.
He will face charges of assault by beating and burglary of a dwelling with intent to cause damage.
Grime artist Wiley, 42, whose real name is Richard Cowie Jr, arrived at London’s Thames Magistrates’ Court this morning
Mr Jacko, a former world kickboxing champion, had been relaxing at his home with friends when Cowie Jr broke in and kicked him, according to reports.
A friend of Mr Jacko’s called the police after the situation escalated and a row allegedly erupted and Cowie Jr was later arrested.
The Metropolitan Police charged Wiley following the incident on August 28.
In a statement they previously said: ‘At around 2200hrs on Saturday 28 August police were called to a flat in Forest Gate.
‘Officers attended the location. It was alleged that a man had entered the flat, assaulted the occupant and caused criminal damage to property.
‘The man was arrested and taken into custody.
The grime artist put on an animated display as he arrived at court today charged with assault and burglary
Wiley (pictured at Wireless Festival in July 2018) allegedly broke into the flat of his friend and attacked him
‘The occupant, an adult male, sustained a minor injury. London ambulance service were not required.’
Wiley, whose hits include Wearing My Rolex and Heatwave, is considered one of the most influential figures behind grime music and has been honoured with an MBE in 2018.
His album Godfather, which was released in 2017, went to number 1 on the UK’s R&B chart.