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N-Dubz rapper who left death threat on Radio 1 listener's phone is Ed Balls' anti-bullying campaigner



By Ryan Kisiel, Paul Revoir and Simon Cable

Last updated at 5:19 PM on 15th January 2010




Schools Secretary Ed Balls was today urged to distance himself from urban music act N-Dubz after a band member and 'anti-bullying campaigner' sent death threats to a Radio 1 listener.

The female listener, Chloe Moody, 22, texted the station to say she did not like a song by urban music act N-Dubz, who were guests on the Chris Moyles Show.

A member of the band retaliated by copying her number and ringing her back, before leaving an abusive voicemail containing several swear words.

Dappy, who made the call, has apologised for his actions and claimed he called her because he was 'angry'.

But today it emerged that Mr Balls had actually appeared alongside the band in an anti-bullying campaign.


article-1243304-07DF0A01000005DC-758_468x318.jpg Ed Balls shakes hands with Dappy in November last year at a launch for a new song to help promote anti bullying week. Band members Fazer and Tulisa look on



Shadow Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: 'Bullying is a serious problem and it's completely unacceptable for anyone to abuse people using text messages in this way. It's unbelievable that Ed Balls jointly launched his anti-bullying campaign with N-Dubz just two months ago. Now he needs to show how serious he is about this issue by distancing himself from the people who engaged in this appalling behaviour.'


Miss Moody described Dappy, whose real name is Dino Contostavlos, as 'vile' and 'a little boy with a silly hat'.

She claims she received two missed calls from a number she did not recognise on Wednesday.

When she texted the number to find out who it was, Miss Moody alleges that Dappy texted back: ''Your gonna die, U sent a very bad message towards Ndubz on The Chris Moyels show yesterday Morning and for that reason u will never be left alone!! If u say sorry I will leave you alone u ****.'

More calls are said to have come from his phone and a text that read: 'Pick up the phone then u f****** Chicken.'


article-1243304-07C5EF23000005DC-858_468x744.jpg Dino 'Dappy' Contostavlos, left, with fellow N-Dubz singers Tulisa Contostavlos and Richard 'Fazer' Rawson. Dappy has apologised for leaving an abusive message on a Radio 1 listener's mobile phone



When Miss Moody, who lives in Boston, Lincolnshire, with her three-year-old daughter did pick up the phone he is alleged to have said more abusive insults.

Miss Moody said: 'It's terrifying when anybody sends you a death threat, whether it's real or not. Somebody of a fragile mind and nervous would be worrying what they were going to do.


'His behaviour is unprofessional and I'm considering going to the police.


'When you put yourself in the public eye you need to be able to handle criticism. I also feel let down by Radio 1.'


article-1243304-07D657BF000005DC-735_233x388.jpg According to the BBC, Chris Moyles was not aware that Dappy had taken the contact details of listener Chloe during his show


The incident comes just over a year after the Sachsgate scandal in which comedian Russell Brand was forced to resign and Jonathan Ross was suspended for leaving obscene messages on actor Andrew Sachs's phone during Brand's Radio 2 show.

N-Dubz, who have had six singles in the top 40, were in Moyles' studio for his early morning breakfast show on Tuesday when he asked listeners to email or text in their views on their latest single Playing With Fire.

The band read the messages as they appeared on the presenter's screen but Dappy took exception to Miss Moody's negative comments and called her after the show.

BBC bosses are now investigating why he was allowed near the computer screen listing listeners' personal details, and able to break data protection laws by copying it down.

According to the BBC, neither Moyles nor any of his team were aware that Dappy had taken down the phone number.







Her negative review was not read aloud by Moyles or any of his team during the show.

Dappy last night issued a statement, saying: 'I totally apologise to Chloe.

'I called her in the heat of the moment when I was angry, but that is no excuse for my behaviour. I’m genuinely sorry. I’d also like to send my sincerest apologies to Radio 1.'

It is not the first time that the BBC radio show has attracted controversy.

Last year Chris Moyles was criticised for making a joke about Auschwitz.

And also in 2008 the presenter, who is paid £650,000 a year, was forced again to apologise for appearing to suggest on his show that Poles make good prostitutes.

He claimed he did not mean to insult Polish women and apologised for 'unintentional offence' after dozens of complaints were made to the BBC.

After the breakfast show finished at 10am on Tuesday, N-Dubz went go-karting with Chris Moyles, his team and a competition winner.

The hip-hop band from Camden, North London, have had six singles in the top 40 and played at Radio One's Big Weekend in Swindon, Wiltshire, in May last year.

A BBC spokesman last night said: 'We were unaware that the number had been taken from the production team's console and will take steps to ensure it can't happen again.'

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ndubs are a load of crappy shite....that Daffy or whatever his name is, is a w*nker...yeah, Daffy text me about it...:whatever:


edit: since when do we have word censors round here :uhoh:


Since certain users started over-using expletives some months ago.;)

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