The Valleys reality show star bit former friend in self-defence
A REALITY TV star has been found not guilty of assaulting her former friend.
Lateysha Henry, 19, who is set to appear in the new MTV reality show The Valleys, had denied two counts of assaulting Paige Harris at Swansea Crown Court.
Miss Henry, known as Lateysha Grace in publicity for the show, admitted biting her alleged victim, Paige Harris, twice but said she acted in self-defence, a defence the jury of nine women and three men accepted.
They took just 25 minutes to return their verdict yesterday.
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Earlier, Miss Henry, of St John's Lower Court, Neath Abbey said she drunk half a bottle of wine before going out with friends.
She said she approached Miss Harris in the Revolution Bar in Swansea's Wind Street, on August 11, 2011 and confronted her about an allegation of her throwing eggs at her car.
She said a brawl then broke out between the two women after Miss Harris became "aggressive".
Miss Henry said she was also a victim during the attack.
"I couldn't see. I was just feeling blows on my head. My extensions ended up on the floor," she said.
"I was scared. Really scared." Dean Pullen, prosecuting, cross-examined Henry. He asked why she did not report her injuries to police.
He asked: "If you had been assaulted that night, you would have been the victim of two crimes by Paige Harris, damage to your car and an assault. Why did you not report them?"
"I didn't want the drama," she answered.
Miss Henry said the pair's brawl in the bar left her hair extensions on the floor. She said she also suffered pain to her eyes, which she alleges were caused by Harris when she tried to "gouge" her.
The jury was told Miss Henry had been given painkillers at hospital for her injury.
She admitted biting Miss Harris but said: "I didn't intend on biting her at all.
"It's not something I'm proud of but I had to get her off me."
She also admitted sending messages to Miss Harris on Facebook, but denied they contained any threats of physical harm.
Miss Henry denied a second attack, alleged to have happened on Wind Street, took place. She said injuries to Miss Harris's lip and another bite mark on her arm must have happened in the first struggle.