Dappy Cuts ‘Offensive’ Music Video After Murder Row

Dappy has removed a reference to the killer of headteacher Philip Lawrence from his new video after facing a storm of criticism.

The video for his latest single ‘I’m Coming (Tarzan Part 2)’ originally featured a message in the opening credits which read “Free Leo Chindamo”. Chindamo, a school friend of Dappy, was jailed for life for the murder of London headmaster Philip Lawrence back in 2005. Last year he was sent back to jail after being released on parole for breaching the terms of his licence by meeting a gang member, breaking a curfew and failing a breath test.

A spokesman for Dappy said the film, which had more than 225,000 views on YouTube since it was uploaded on July 3, had been taken down and will be re-edited without the reference to Chindamo.

He added that the N-Dubz star will donate all his “personal royalties” from the track to crime reduction charity Nacro.

Earlier this week the singer apologised for the message and said he “honestly wasn’t aware” of the high-profile crime which shocked the nation in December 1995. He wrote on his twitter account:

“I knew his brother from when I was young. In no way did I intend to cause upset and certainly didn’t know about his past. My heart goes out to Mr Lawrence’s family. I know too well the pain of losing a loved one, sincerely Dappy.”