Former X Factor judge and N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos has walked free from court today after she was told by the judge that the case against her could not go ‘any further.’
Tulisa had been on trial for drug trafficking charges after an undercover Sun News reporter claimed she had agreed to supply him with £800 worth of cocaine.
Mazher Mahmood The ‘fake Sheikh’ as he is known had posed as a multi millionaire film maker to meet with the singer in posh hotels in Mayfair and Las Vegas. He had told the singer he could help her bag a film role in a Hollywood blockbuster starring opposite Leonardo Dicaprio.
Mahmood had told the court that Tulisa had bragged about being able to supply drugs but the case fell apart after his chauffeur Alan Smith told the court that Tulisa had in fact told him she was against drugs and its usage as a family member had battled with drug issues.
Smith later retracted the statement he had made to police reportedly on the advice of Mahmood.
While giving evidence, Mahmood had told the judge he had no knowledge of Smith’s initial statement but he was caught out when he admitted under questioning that he did in fact know about it-therefore committing perjury by lying under oat.
Tulisa was said to have punched the air in jubilation as she was told that the case against her had been dropped and that she was free to go.
Outside court, she gave a statement where she called for Mahmood to be tried for deception and said the she was now ready to put the case behind her and move on with her career.
Read an excerpt of her the statement below. You can see the full statement in the Daily Mail.
‘Let me be perfectly clear. I have never dealt drugs and never been involved in taking or dealing cocaine. This whole case was a horrific and disgusting entrapment by Mazher Mahmood and The Sun on Sunday newspaper.”
“This case only happened because Mahmood and his team tricked me into believing I was auditioning for a major movie role. They targeted me at a time when things were going badly for me and they had no mercy.”
“Mahmood got me and my team completely intoxicated and persuaded me to act the part of a bad, rough, ghetto girl. They recorded this and produced this as evidence when I thought it was an audition. It was a terrible thing to do.”
“As my lawyer said at the outset, we have now succeeded in exposing the real culprits and, most importantly, the real liar.”