Tulisa 'upset, not angry' after row

Singer Tulisa was "upset, but not angry" after a confrontation with a celebrity blogger in Chelmsford, her tour manager has told a court.

Tulisa to answer bail in autumn

Tulisa Contostavlos will now answer police bail in late October following her arrest over claims she acted as a go-between in a drug deal.

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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.

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Cowell rejects gay claims

Simon Cowell denies being gay
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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

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Sun: undercover reporter suspended

The Sun says it has suspended undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood
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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Tulisa cried and hugged supporters in court

Tulisa Contostavlos arriving in court today, before her case was thrown out
Tulisa Contostavlos arriving in court today, before her case was thrown out Credit: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

Ms Contostavlos appeared ecstatic, punching the air as she left the dock before crying as she hugged supporters including her PA, Gareth Varey, shortly after the case against her was thrown out.

Mike GLC - whose real name is Michael Coombs - pleaded guilty before the start of the trial to supplying half an ounce (13.9g) of cocaine but he also walked free after judge said the case cannot proceed against him.

The 36-year-old also wept as he hugged defence barrister Jeremy Dein QC.

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Tulisa judge: 'Strong grounds' to believe reporter 'lied'

The judge in the trial of Tulisa Contostavlos told the jury there were "strong grounds" to believe an undercover reporter had "lied" at a hearing before the trial began.

Judge Alistair McCreath was speaking as he threw out the case at Southwark Crown Court.

The Sun's Mazher Mahmood - known as the 'Fake Sheikh' - had posed as a wealthy film producer when he met Contostavlos at a number of hotels and restaurants.

The former N-Dubz singer strongly denied that she had helped broker a drug deal between Mahmood and her rapper friend Michael Coombs, also known as Mike GLC.

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Tulisa suffers nose bleed as hearing adjourned

Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos had to leave a hearing briefly over an alleged drug deal because she suffered a sudden nose bleed in the dock.

She returned after a short adjournment.

The case was adjourned until 10am tomorrow when the prosecution are due to open the case.

Singer Tulisa Contostavlos denies being concerned in brokering the alleged drug deal which was exposed by the Sun on Sunday. Credit: PA

Rapper bailed after admitting to supplying drugs

Michael Coombs has been bailed after pleading guilty to supplying cocaine to an undercover reporter.

The rapper known as Mike GLC admitted to supplying the Class A drug when he appeared at London's Southwark Crown Court alongside the former N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos.

Mike GLC, real name Michael Coombs. Credit: PA

Bailing Coombs, Judge Alistair McCreath told the rapper he would be sentenced at the end of Contostavlos' trial. He said: "Michael Coombs, I'll sentence you at the conclusion of the proceedings against your co-defendant, whatever that conclusion may be.

"In the meantime I'll permit you to keep your bail, but you must understand that that consists of no sort of indication as to what sentence you'll get at the end of it. On that understanding you may go".

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