Dizzee Rascal, the iconic British MC, has denied assaulting a woman—reportedly his ex-girlfriend—following a domestic dispute earlier this year.

The 36-year-old artist, born Dylan Mills, pleaded not guilty at Croydon Magistrates’ Court to headbutting the alleged victim in Streatham, South London, back in June.

In a report from the Met police, they stated: “Dylan Mills, 36, of Sevenoaks, Kent, has been charged with assault after an incident at a residential address in Streatham on June 8th. Officers attended, and a woman reported minor injuries. She did not require hospital treatment.”

In court, the rapper’s lawyer, Iskander Fernandez, said Mills “denies pushing his head into the complainant’s head and denies pushing her to the floor”.

Under the mantle of Dizzee Rascal, Mills was a pivotal figure and architect of grime music. His 2003 debut album, Boy In Da Corner, was lauded for its boundless innovation and unique murky sound palette, which provided a launchpad and blueprint for the UK rap scene today. Since 2003, Mills has continued to collect platinum plaques, and regularly performs across the UK. Last year, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his contributions to music. 

Mills has been granted bail ahead of his trial on February 18, 2022.