Tulisa Contostavlos will be charged with helping to supply Class A drugs to an undercover journalist.
Contostavlos, who first found fame as a member of the hip-hop group N-Dubz, will appear in court in London next Thursday.
Tulisa’s lawyer today said the singer will plead not guilty to the charge and claimed she was used as “fodder by greedy newspapers”.
Tulisa was caught by the U.K.’s The Sun on Sunday newspaper on camera arranging a cocaine sale worth $1,200. Mike GLC stands accused of providing the illegal substance.
Her attorney Ben Rose stated, “As has been widely reported this entire case has been manufactured by the Sun on Sunday and Mahzer Mahmood, sometimes known as the fake sheikh. They spent a large amount of their readers’ money in flying Tulisa and a number of her friends first class to Las Vegas. There Mahmood posed as a film producer offering her a £3million film contract”.
Rose adds, “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 criticized 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. The law clearly forbids such conduct on the part of police. It is 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 court.”
Baljit Ubhey, chief crown prosecutor for London, said a prosecution is in the public interest.
Ubhey stated, “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 May 2013 which resulted in the supply of Class A drugs to an investigative journalist. This decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest”.
Tulisa Contostavlos was initially arrested in connection with the incident on June 4, along with 35-year-old musician Mike GLC.
The rapper, whose real name is Michael Coombs, 35, has been charged with supply of class A drugs and is due to appear alongside Contostavlos at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on December 19.
Contostavlos was dropped as a judge on “X Factor” just days before her arrest, replaced by Sharon Osbourne.
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