28-year-old singer Zayn Malik pleaded no contest to counts of harassment after a dispute allegedly broke out with Gigi Hadid‘s mother Yolanda Hadid on September 29, in the couple’s home in Pennsylvania. According to legal documents, the former One Direction member entered his plea Wednesday and was cited with four counts of harassment against the Palestinian-American model and her mother.
Those documents suggested that the ‘Better’ singer swore at The Real Housewives star and ordered her to stay away from his daughter Khai. He was also accused of grabbing and shoving her against a dresser, “causing mental anguish and physical pain.” Sources reported that Gigi Hadid was in Paris when the conflict broke out, and the musician reportedly screamed at her to defend him against her mother during a phone call. Each of the charges pressed against Malik is a summary offense, meaning they’re considered lesser crimes than misdemeanors. Although the no contest plea does not explicitly admit guilt, Malik has been sentenced as if he’s convicted.
The singer has been placed on 90 days probation for each count, totaling 360 days probation. In addition, he will be required to complete an anger management class and a domestic violence program. He was also ordered not to contact Yolanda Hadid or the security guard he reportedly tried to fight the day of the conflict.
In a statement on Twitter, Malik expressed that he is a private person and wants to create a safe and private space for his daughter to grow up in. “In an effort to protect that space for her, I agreed to not contest claims arising from an argument I had with a family member of my partner’s who entered our home while my partner was away several weeks ago.”
— zayn (@zaynmalik) October 28, 2021
According to multiple reports, the couple is said to have gone separate ways after the dispute took a toll on their relationship. Although nothing was publicly confirmed yet, the couple is currently focusing on 13-month-old Khai.