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Tulisa: Fake Sheikh 'offered £3m film contract in Vegas'

Tulisa Contostavlos has pleaded not guilty to charges that she supplied Class A drugs. Outside the court, her solicitor claimed the case had been "manufactured".

Speaking on her behalf, he said: "As has been widely reported, this entire case has been manufactured by the Sunday Sun and Mazher Mahmood, sometimes known as the Fake Sheikh.

"They have spent a large amount of their readers money flying Tulisa and a number of friends first class Las Vegas. There Mahmood posed as a film producer offering her a £3million film contract.

"This case is not simply about drugs supply, it is about the limits which we set on the conduct of journalists. This was a deliberate attempt to target a young woman who is all the more vulnerable because of her celebrity status."

"The law clearly forbids such conduct on the part of the police, and it's ironic that the police should rely on it when it is the work of a journalist. In due course, Tulisa will give a full answer to these allegations in the court proceedings."

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Singer Tulisa to next appear in court on January 9

Singer Tulisa Contostavlos and rapper Mike GLC, also known as Michael Coombs, will next appear at Southwark Crown Court in central London on January 9.

Corut artist sketch of Michael Coombs, aka Mike GLC, and Tulisa Contostavlos.
Corut artist sketch of Michael Coombs, aka Mike GLC, and Tulisa Contostavlos. Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Both the N-Dubz star and Coombs have denied drugs charges.

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N-Dubz singer Tulisa due in court over drugs charges

Singer Tulisa Contostavlos is due to appear in court charged in connection with the supply of Class A drugs in London.

Tulisa Contostavlos who is to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court, London Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced last week that it had authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge the former X Factor judge with ''being concerned in'' the supply of Class A drugs.

She is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London.

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Tulisa 'treated as fodder by greedy newspapers'

Tulisa Contostavlos' lawyer Ben Rose has said she would be denying the charge and claimed she joined a line of celebrities who had had been used as "fodder by greedy newspapers".

Tulisa has been charged with a serious criminal offence to which she will plead not guilty.

This case is not simply about drug supply. It is about the limits which we set on the conduct of journalists.

The media have rightly been criticised in recent years for gross invasion into the private life of others.

Tulisa is the latest in a long line of people who have been treated as fodder by greedy newspapers.

This was a deliberate attempt to target a young woman who is all the more vulnerable because of her celebrity status.

In due course Tulisa will give a full answer to these allegations in court.

– Ben Rose

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Tulisa to appear in court next week

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Tulisa Contostavlos, 25, with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

This charge relates to an investigation by The Sun newspaper between early March 2013 and 23 May 2013 which resulted in the supply of Class A drugs to an investigative journalist.

We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

– Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor

Ms Contostavlos will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 19 December 2013.

N-Dubz singer Tulisa interviewed by police over alleged assault at music festival

Singer and former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been interviewed by police investigating an alleged assault at a music festival.

The N-Dubz singer issued a statement earlier this year denying accusations that she assaulted a blogger at V Festival in Chelmsford, Essex, but police have continued to investigate the incident.

Tulisa Contostavlos has denied the accusations Credit: PA Wire

Tulisa went voluntarily to an interview at a police station in Chelmsford today. Essex Police spokeswoman said:

"Officers are investigating an allegation of assault that is said to have occurred at the V Festival this year. Two people attended voluntary interviews today. Nobody has been arrested and inquiries are continuing."

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