Tulisa set to go on trial over alleged 'drug deal'

Tulisa Contostavlos
Tulisa is accused of telling an undercover reporter she could arrange for him to buy cocaine. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos is due to go on trial today accused of helping to broker a cocaine deal with an undercover tabloid reporter.

The former N-Dubz star, 26, is charged with helping the Sun on Sunday's Mazher Mahmood, the reporter dubbed the "fake sheikh", land 0.5oz of the Class A drug for £860.

She denies the charge but will be tried at Southwark Crown Court in south London alongside co-defendant Michael Coombs.

The 35-year-old Coombs, also known as rapper Mike GLC, denies a charge of supplying the drug on May 23 last year at London's Dorchester Hotel. Both are on bail.

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The undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh" has told the trial of Tulisa Contostavlos it was '"outrageous" to suggest he spiked the former X-Factor judge's drink. Tulisa denies involvement in the supply of class A drugs.