Singer Jake Benson has been reportedly been found guilty of assault after his ex-girlfriend claimed he grabbed her around the neck and choked her.
Benson, 27, who appeared on ITV talent show ‘The Voice’ last year, was said to have been involved in a violent confrontation with former partner Sophie Lynch after their breakup in November last year.
He was reportedly found guilty of assault by battery at Ealing magistrates court on December 21 and will be sentenced next week, according to The Sun.
Sophie claimed the singer, who wowed judges on the talent show with his singing voice, left her with ‘terrible red marks’ from the alleged attack.
The singer allegedly grabbed former partner Sophie Lynch round the neck, leaving her with ‘red marks’
‘Jake isn’t how he comes across on screen. He’s manipulative, and needy,’ Sophie told The Sun.
‘He gets angry very quickly. I decided I wanted to try to break up with him and he put both of his hands on my neck and squeezed really tight. I thought I was going to die.
‘Luckily, my mum was there and she was able to call the police. I was left with terrible red marks all over my neck and had difficulty breathing. It was awful.’
The couple, both 27, dated for a year, but after a series of rows Sophie claims she decided to break up with Benson.
Benson, who made it to the knockout stages of the Voice, was described by the show’s judges as ‘an all-round great package’ and ‘very marketable’.
Benson denied the charges but yesterday, telling the newspaper: ‘This is a false allegation and I’m thinking about what I’m doing next about the situation.’
Benson with fellow contestant Jason Nicholson-Porter on the show’s set last year before one of the knockout rounds