Zayn Malik Files ‘No Contest’ Plea to Harassment Charges

Zayn Malik has filed a “no contest” plea to four counts of harassment after an argument between him and Gigi Hadid’s mum, Yolanda Hadid.

A court in Pennsylvania says the singer pleaded guilty to all four counts. Malik 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, Malik denied hitting Yolanda.

Zayn and Gigi began dating in 2015, and their daughter Khai was born last year.

US showbiz website TMZ reports they are no longer together.

A no contest plea means Malik, 28, won’t fight the harassment charges in court.

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.

On Twitter, Malik posted a note to his 31M followers explaining his court plea and said he remains “vigilant to protect” his daughter, Khai during this time.

The former One Direction 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.