Zayn Malik has filed a “no contest” plea to four counts of harassment after an argument between him and model Gigi Hadid’s mum, Yolanda Hadid. A court in Pennsylvania says the singer pleaded guilty to all four counts.
Zayn says rather than plead guilty he “agreed to not contest” the charges. In response to an allegation he doesn’t appear to have been formally charged with, Zayn denied hitting Yolanda.
Zayn and Gigi began dating in 2015, and their daughter Khai was born last year. A no contest plea means Zayn won’t fight the harassment charges in court.
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He’s been sentenced as if convicted but since he’s not made an admission of guilt, the plea can’t be used to get a conviction in any other case.
The singer has been placed on 90 days probation for each count for a total of 360 days.
He must also complete an anger management class and a domestic violence programme, as well as having no contact with Yolanda or a security guard who was present during the incident on 29 September.