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Cheryl Cole calls toilet attendant assault ‘irrelevant’

ASSAULT: Cheryl Cole has said she doesn't understand why people would still talk about the incident

CHERYL COLE has referred to her 2003 conviction of assault against a black female toilet attendant as “irrelevant” and “boring”.

The singer was asked about the incident in a recent interview in The Guardian in the wake of Munroe Bergdorf invoking it in her criticism of cosmetic brand L’Oréal when she was dropped from its campaign last year.

Cole, who was cleared of racially aggravated assault but convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, described the 16-year-old matter as “irrelevant” and “not news”.

The assault became a talking point again recently after it was brought up by model Bergdorf.

Bergdorf was removed as one of the faces of the L’Oréal campaign after she published a now deleted Facebook post that said that white people had obtained their privilege through racism.

She wrote: “Most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism.

“Once white people begin to admit their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth … then we can talk.”

Responding to the cosmetic brand’s decision, Bergdorf said: “I shouldn’t be sacked for calling out racism when I was in a campaign that was meant to be championing diversity.

“Especially when I was speaking about the violence of white people, but they’ve got Cheryl Cole on the campaign and she was actively convicted for punching a black women in the face.”

Cole, who disagreed that the issue was still spoken about, said: “I don’t understand why you’d even bring it up.”

The 35-year-old also told The Guardian that she did not think a member of a girlband would be kicked out of the group for committing a similar act in 2018.

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