Former So Solid Crew rapper ROMEO slashed a clubber across the face with a knife, London's Old Bailey court heard yesterday (02NOV05).

The 24-year-old MC, real name MARVIN DAWKINS, and his friend THOMAS ENGOLA, 27, stand accused of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after they allegedly attacked EJAY ARMSTRONG in August 2004.

This is the second trial against Dawkins - a previous trial at Southwark Crown Court collapsed in June (05), after the jury failed to reach a verdict.

Prosecuting lawyer SARAH FORSHAW told the court yesterday how Dawkins was leaving London nightclub Cirque @ Hippodrome when he rushed to assist friends who became embroiled in an argument with Armstrong and his friends in the club's carpark.

Forshaw said Dawkins and Engola then "attacked Mr Armstrong in a most vicious way".

The trial continues.