Former The Voice contestant Jake Benson has been found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend after choking her.
The attack happened months after the wannabe singer appeared on the ITV talent show in 2018.
The 27-year-old will be sentenced next week after being found guilty of assault by battery at Ealing Magistrates Court on 21 December.
Jake’s attack on former girlfriend Sophie Lynch will no doubt come as a shock to The Voice coaches, who sang his praises when he was on the show.
Judges Jennifer Hudson, Tom Jones and Olly Murs turned their chairs for him during his audition last year.
Dreamgirls star Jennifer won him for her team and described the carpenter as a “great package”.
He then made it to the knockout round when he competed on the show.
Sophie dated Jake for a year before deciding to split with him in November, when the altercation is said to have taken place.
She told The Sun: “Jake isn’t how he comes across on screen. He’s manipulative, and needy.
“He gets angry very quickly. I decided I wanted to try to break up with him and he put both of his hands on my neck and squeezed really tight. I thought I was going to die.”
Sophie added: “Luckily, my mum was there and she was able to call the police. I was left with terrible red marks all over my neck and had difficulty breathing. It was awful.”
However, Jake told the publication: “This is a false allegation.”
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