Restaurant boss guilty of ‘throwing' glass at The Voice reject

28 January 2014 by
Restaurant boss guilty of ‘throwing' glass at The Voice reject

A restaurant boss has been found guilty of throwing a Champagne glass at a reject from BBC TV talent show The Voice, following an altercation in the street.

Sam Buttery, 22, "drew attention to himself" when he sang a rendition of "It's De-Lovely" as he walked past Nima Safaei's 40 Italian restaurant, 40 Dean Street, in Soho, London.

Buttery reacted angrily when Safaei, 33, told him to "go to the gym" Southwark Crown Court was told, according to the Daily Mail.

The singer threw the contents of a glass of Champagne in Safaei's face, at which point the restaurant manager grabbed the glass and threw it back at Buttery, causing a 1.6in gash to the singer's head.

Safaei insisted he did not throw the glass but pushed it back "with force". He was convicted of unlawful wounding by a majority of 11-to-one and will be sentenced on 21 February.

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