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Jade Goody's widower Jack Tweed admits Chigwell assault

Jack Tweed
Image caption Jack Tweed had invested money in the Chigwell pub which was attacked by a petrol bomb in October

Jack Tweed, the widower of reality TV star Jade Goody, has admitted attacking a man during a scuffle outside a nightclub in Essex.

Tweed, 24, pleaded guilty at Redbridge Magistrates' Court to common assault outside Deuces Bar and Lounge, in Chigwell, on 3 January.

Tom Grantham, 21, a builder, was knocked unconscious in the attack. He suffered a black eye and bruised face.

Tweed, of Buckhurst Hill, punched Mr Grantham in the head, the court heard.

His younger brother, Lewis Tweed, 21, of Roebuck Lane, Buckhurst Hill, also admitted common assault. They made their pleas as their trial was due to begin.

They will be sentenced on 16 August.

Mark Wright, a friend of the Tweeds who appears in the TV show The Only Way Is Essex, is also accused of using threatening behaviour towards Mr Grantham.

He was in court with the brothers but denies the charge. His trial is expected to begin later on Wednesday.

'Drink fuelled'

Tweed married Big Brother contestant Jade Goody, 27, days before she died from cervical cancer in March 2009.

Describing the attack as "drink fuelled", prosecutor Alex Matic said CCTV operators called the police as they saw the fight.

Jack Tweed arrived at the club at 02:37 GMT and the scuffle began a minute later, the court heard.

The CCTV footage showed the victim exchanging words with the brothers.

Image caption Lewis Tweed said the victim had threatened to beat up his brother and damage the club

Describing the footage Mr Matic said: "Jack Tweed runs round the back of the claimant and swings a punch which connects with his head.

"The claimant staggers backwards for a short while then he falls to the ground."

"Lewis Tweed is seen to kick the victim in the groin whilst he is on the ground, also he punches the victim in the face."

Jack Tweed had also tried to kick the victim, who was unconscious for a short time, Mr Matic added.

Lewis Tweed was arrested later and told police he was drunk and could not remember how hard he punched the victim but wished he had walked away.

Mr Matic said: "He said that he was provoked by the claimant and said that the claimant was calling his brother names."

'Girly kick'

Mitigating for Jack Tweed, Ronald Jaffa said Tweed and Mr Wright had invested money in revamping the nightclub, which was destroyed in a fire bomb attack shortly before its opening in October 2010.

On the night of the attack Tweed heard the victim and another person say they were going to "petrol-bomb the bar", the court heard.

Mr Jaffa said: "He took it seriously because of what had happened... Tom raised his arms to Mark Wright so what Jack did was to hit him and then he tried to kick him."

On behalf of Lewis Tweed, his counsel Daniel Chadwick said his client was drinking at another nightclub before coming to Deuces when Mr Grantham joined him and his friends in a cab.

The victim had threatened to "beat up Jack", leading to the argument outside the pub, the court heard.

But Tweed attacked Mr Grantham with a "rather girly kick" to the leg and jaw when he threatened to smash the windows of the bar, Mr Chadwick said.

Both brothers were released on unconditional bail until sentencing.

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