BERLIN (AFP) – A US-born musician accused of attacking two people in London and a gym safety chief pleaded not guilty to an assault charge on Friday (Sept 14).

Bugzy Malone, 29, appeared in London’s Woolwich Crown Court, where he faces charges including attempted murder and two counts of wounding with intent.

He allegedly struck a 34-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman in the back of the head with a hammer near the Islington UK Gym in the early hours of December 3, the court heard.

The complainant suffered a fractured cheekbone as well as a “substantial broken thumb” which is expected to take at least two years to heal, the court heard.

The victim was treated at hospital and released in the next few days, the court heard.

Another witness reportedly had visible injuries to his arm.

The court heard that a fourth man was standing a few metres away from the three victims, another alleged victim who has been diagnosed with damage to his right shoulder, from “a massive physical assault”.

Following Malone’s arrest, police visited his seven-bedroom home in Hertfordshire, north London, to “weaken” his “physical and mental condition”, police said at the time.

After Malone was interviewed by police he “laid bare his true feelings, exhibiting a lack of emotion”, the court heard.

But he was found guilty on Saturday of another charge of wounding with intent and granted bail to appear in front of a judge on Oct 13.

Malone turned professional in 2009 and has released a string of hit singles, including single “Self Control”.

Bugzy Malone in court on September 14.