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Tulisa to seek appeal against guilty verdict on assault

Tulisa Contostavlos makes a statement outside court after guilty verdict. Credit: PA

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has said she is "outraged" at her conviction for assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival. The N-Dubz star was found guilty of hitting Savvas Morgan during an altercation at V-Festival in Chelmsford.

She said: "This has been a rollercoaster week for me. I never wanted any of this. I did not assault Vas J Morgan and I am outraged at this decision. I will be appealing it.

"I am determined to clear my name as I have already done once this week. I repeat - I did not assault Vas J Morgan. I am innocent".

Morgan 'vindicated' by Tulisa guilty verdict

The celebrity blogger assaulted by Tulisa Contostavlos has told ITV News, that he is "delighted" by the guilty verdict.

I'm delighted that we can finally put an end to this and move on. It's been a difficult time for everyone involved and I would just like to put it behind me. I've had my character questioned and now feel vindicated by the verdict.

– Vas J Morgan

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Tulisa blow 'caused minor bruising and swelling'

A judge who found N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos guilty of assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival said she had acted in a "confrontational" manner when she turned towards her victim.

I am quite sure to the requisite standard of proof, based on my analysis of the evidence that I have heard, that Ms Contostavlos did strike [Savvas] Morgan in the face during an argument and that that blow caused minor bruising and swelling.

Her decision to seek to deal with Mr Morgan herself strikes me as aggressive and confrontational.

– District Judge Angus Hamilton

Tulisa fined £200 for assaulting blogger at festival

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been fined £200 for assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival by a judge at Stratford Magistrates' Court.

After being convicted of the assault, Contostavlos was ordered to pay a total of £3,020.

This consisted of a £2,700 contribution towards the cost of the prosecution, a £200 fine, £100 compensation to Mr Morgan and a £20 victim surcharge.

Tulisa convicted of assaulting blogger at V Festival

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been convicted by a judge at Stratford Magistrates' Court of assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival.

The N-Dubz star hit Savvas Morgan during an altercation at the V Festival in Essex. She was found guilty by a judge at Stratford Magistrates' Court in east London today.

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos convicted of assaulting blogger Credit: PA
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Tulisa back in court to hear V Festival assault verdict

Former X Factor judge Tulisa will learn her fate over an alleged assault at last year's V Festival. Credit: Reuters

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos is back in court today to find out the verdict of an assault charge against her.

A drugs trial involving her collapsed last week. But she will appear before magistrates in Stratford, east London, to discover her fate after she allegedly hit celebrity blogger Savvas Morgan at last year's V Festival.

Her assistant Gareth Varey, 28, is accused of using threatening behaviour.

The pair, both of Friern Barnet, north London, deny the charges against them.

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Tulisa Contostavlos thanks fans for support during trial

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has tweeted a message of thanks to her supporters after her trial for drugs allegations collapsed at Southwark Crown Court earlier today.

Cowell rejects gay claims

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Lawyers for Simon Cowell today said claims about his private life made during the collapsed trial of Tulisa Contostavlos were "untrue". In a video played to the court last week, Gareth Varey, Tuilsa's former PA, had suggested that Cowell was gay.

In 2014 the question of whether someone is or is not gay is antiquated. (As it happens he isn't, though if he were, he would simply have said so). However, the issue was the false suggestion made by Mr Varey that Simon - who is renowned for his honesty and candidness - had thus not been truthful in the public arena and this is what we have been obliged to clarify.

– Simon Cowell's Management

Sun: undercover reporter suspended

The Sun says it has suspended undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS

"We are very disappointed with this outcome, but do believe the original investigation was conducted within the bounds of the law and the industry's Code. This was demonstrated by the CPS decision to prosecute. "The Sun, of course, takes the Judge's remarks very seriously. Mr Mahmood has been suspended pending an immediate internal investigation."

– Sun newspaper spokesperson
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