Bhangra star jailed over taxi at­tack

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A CHART-TOP­PING In­dian Bhangra singer has been jailed after sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a woman in a taxi – hours be­fore he was due to fly to Bom­bay to shoot a mu­sic video.

Dhan­raj Singh, 24, who worked part-time as a taxi driver while pur­su­ing his pop ca­reer, groped the woman and tried to kiss her while giv­ing her a lift home.

The dad-of-two at­tacked the vic­tim after she got in the back of his cab fol­low­ing a night out in Not­ting­ham on April 1.

Singh, of West Bridg­ford, Not­ting­ham, was jailed for nine months after he was found guilty of sex­ual as­sault at the city’s Crown Court.

Judge Gre­gory Dick­in­son said: “You are a tal­ented, award-win­ning mu­si­cian. You have put all of that in jeop­ardy. You were re­spon­si­ble for her safety and well-be­ing.

“You took ad­van­tage of a lone fe­male pas­sen­ger who had been drink­ing. The ef­fect on the vic­tim has been very se­ri­ous.”

The court was told that the woman had made a state­ment say­ing she was “still raw” and was hav­ing on­go­ing coun­selling.

She had lost weight as a re­sult of the at­tack which had also af­fected her stud­ies and left her feel­ing “vul­ner­a­ble”.

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