The Manchester-born rapper Bugzy Malone has been cleared of unlawfully punching two men.
The grime artist fractured their jaws with single blows shortly after his girlfriend phoned him to say three men were breaking into their house on 9 September 2018.
Malone, 30, said he drove to his former home in Ramsbottom, near Bury, braced for a “volatile situation”.
He said he feared for the safety of his partner and mother, who were inside the property.
A friend also called him to say the house was “being done over”, Manchester Crown Court heard.
As he approached the property he said he saw his friend with two men in “what was clearly a confrontation”.
He ran over and hit out with a “reflex” punch to one of the men who he said had lunged towards him, and said he then struck the other who made a “sharp movement” in his direction with clenched fists.