So Solid Crew star Lisa Maffia stormed into a hair salon and attacked a stylist in a furious feud for not returning a £ 90 pair of hot comb straighteners, a court heard.
The 41-year-old is said to have scratched arms during the ‘fracas’ Rebekah Groves’ after visiting the shop in Tulse Hill, south London, with another woman in May last year.
Croydon Magistrates’ Court learned that the couple had faced Ms. Groves – a wig and weaving specialist – with the return of hot-combed straighteners she sold on Mafia’s behalf.
Lisa Maffia, 41 (pictured out of court today) is said to have scratched Rebekah Groves’ arms during the ‘fracas’ after visiting the Tulse Hill, south London store with another woman in May last year.
Prosecutor James Tucker said Ms. Groves was “herded into a corner of the store” by the women who “tried to get her phone” while trying to call the police.
“They came in (and) were so aggressive towards her that Mrs. Groves picked up her phone and said she would call the police,” he said.
She was shocked. It appears the phone was taken, taken from Ms. Groves and her arms were scratched and, she says, hit a number of times.
“The defendant and the other woman left the shop and took Mrs. Groves’s phone.”
Mr Tucker said Mrs Groves had followed the couple out and attacked again by the other woman, who “pulled her ponytail and slapped her in the face.”
Police attended and later interviewed Mafia, who made a prepared statement but then declined to comment.
Mafia, who attended court in person on Friday, pleaded not guilty to assault by beating on November 3, 2020.
The 21 Seconds singer, dressed in a white shirt and black jacket, was visibly upset during the proceedings and was supported by a friend in court.
Ms. Groves gave evidence, saying that her shop was closed to the public on the day of the incident, but she did it to a friend’s hair.
She said the other woman, who has not been identified, entered the store first before Mafia entered “aggressively” and looked “frustrated and angry.”
“I did (my friend’s) hair and a black lady came to the door and knocked on it,” she said.
I opened the door and as soon as I opened the door she stepped into the store. I was a little confused.
She looked like she was waiting because she was just asking random questions. It didn’t seem like a genuine question.
A few seconds later, Lisa also entered the door.
‘(Mafia) opened the door aggressively and then walked right in, no’ hello ‘, nothing, just’ where are my things? ”
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Ms. Groves added that the women were “getting closer and closer” and tried to avoid trimming her friend’s hair.
“I said I would call the police if they didn’t leave, I didn’t know what else to do,” she said. ‘I was very scared.
“They tried to prevent me from getting my phone, but I grabbed it anyway and called the police.”
The court was shown a short video of the incident and heard excerpts from the 999 call featuring scuffles and screams.
Mrs. Groves said she followed the couple out to pick up her phone and was “chased in traffic” by the other woman while Mafia held her phone.
“I was scared for my life because (the second wife) was the more aggressive at first,” she said.
‘I tried to get to the other side of the road, but I didn’t make it because my ponytail was pulled back.
“My head was dragged down and then I thought I had been punched in the face, but now I believe I was kicked.”
Ms. Groves said that later, when she made her statement to the police, she received a call from the other woman who threatened to “burn down” her house and her mother’s.
She added that the incident had been ‘traumatic’ and that she now found it difficult to leave her home.
The process continues.