Cheryl Cole recalls meeting Sophie Amoj Amogbokpa
She texts Simon Cowell when he sacks her from the US X Factor:
“F*** you. F*** Fox. F*** Britain’s Got Talent. F*** the orange and purple outfit. F*** big hair. F*** the UK X Factor. F*** you all. I hate you.”
But the best bit is her recollection of the incident that earned her a criminal record for her assault on toilet attendant Sophie Amoj Amogbokpa. For her crime of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, Cole got 120 hours of unpaid community service, an order to pay her victim £500 compensation and pay £3,500 of prosecution costs. Amogbokpa worked at the Drink nightclub in Guildford, Surrey.
Cole hit Amogbokpa on 11 January 2003. We saw the victim’s face (see above). Cheryl Tweedy, as was then her name, was cleared of racially aggravated assault.
At Kingston Crown Court, Surrey, Judge Richard Haworth told Tweedy:
“This was an unpleasant piece of drunken violence which caused Sophie Amogbokpa pain and suffering. Her eye was painful for three or four weeks, there was bruising for three months and for a while she had blurred vision. You showed no remorse whatsoever.”
This is what Cheryl says in her book:
“Completely out of nowhere, I was hit in the face. I swear on my mother’s life that’s what happened… It was the toilet attendant who had hit me, and in confusion and self-defence I hit her back instinctively…As the months went on and I prepared for the trial, I started to see that it was not acceptable to have hit her under any circumstances, even in self-defence.”
Or as she said at the time:
“I’m pleased that the trial is over and thankful that the jury have accepted that this incident had nothing to do with race. I’m not a racist, and anyone who knows me knows I would not say anything racist. I’m stunned and disappointed by the conviction for assault. I would like to thank my family, friends and our fans for their support over this difficult year.”
Late, she recalls reacting to news of Ashley Cole’s extra-marital sex:
Before I knew it, I was lashing out at Ashley in every way I possibly could. I hit him in the face — I couldn’t help it. I was shaking him, kicking him, scratching his face, pushing and shoving him like I was a lunatic, and he just took it as it was obvious I’d gone crazy.
Such are the facts…