Tulisa Contostavlos made her first appearance at crown court today.
The former X Factor judge, 25, arrived at Southwark Crown Court alongside rapper Mike GLC, real name Michael Coomes, 35, for a 10-minute preliminary hearing.
She was told that she will stand trial on 14 July accused of brokering a cocaine deal, after helping an undercover reporter to obtain 13.9 grams of the Class A drug for £860.
Contostavlos, of Friern Barnet, north London, has denied the charges, saying she was not “concerned with the supply of 13.9 grams of cocaine” to The Sun on Sunday journalist Mazher 'fake sheikh' Mahmood between May 20 and May 24.
Coombs also denies a charge of supplying the drug on 23 May.
Courting Controversy: Tulisa’s Biggest Headlines
Courting Controversy: Tulisa’s Biggest Headlines
1/11 Tulisa pleaded not guilty to supplying an undercover Sun on Sunday journalist with Class A drug cocaine. The singer claims she was set up and led on by Mazher Mahmood. She was arrested in June 2013.
2/11 In March 2012 Tulisa was stopped going through customs after a suspicious vibration in her luggage. ‘Most cringe moment of my life… checkin in “Mam..ur suitcase is vibrating..can u open ur case n turn what eva that is off”..just kill me,’ she said on Twitter.
3/11 Every celebrity fears the ultimate scandal: a sex tape leak. And that’s exactly what Tulisa faced when phone-captured footage of her and ex-boyfriend MC Ultra engaging in a sex act emerged online. She admitted the woman was her in an emotional YouTube clip.
4/11 “This time, Justin messed with the wrong woman,” she famously said after winning a court case for damages over the leak following a court injunction on the distribution of the material.
5/11 National sweetheart Gary Barlow said she had “fag ash breath”. Which wasn’t very nice. And so, Tulisa hit the headlines once more.
6/11 Tulisa and Kelly Rowland were reportedly at log-a-heads for the majority of the 2011 series after Tulisa called Kelly’s biggest hopeful, Misha B, a ‘bully’ live on air.
7/11 Tulisa got an official warning for her weird arm salute thing, which she did every time she walked onto the The X Factor stage during the 2011 series. Ofcom launched an investigation into whether flashing the ‘The Female Boss’ tattoo counted as an advertisement for her new perfume of the same name.
8/11 Remember when Tulisa announced she was dating her long-time N-Dubz bandmate Fazer? And then they split up? And then the band split up? The papers do.
9/11 Few things are more awkward and note-worthy than a debut album flop. While single “Young” was a number 1 hit, the subsequent album only debuted at number 35 on the charts, despite her X Factor judging stint.
10/11 Tulisa was branded a “home wrecker” by the pregnant girlfriend of Newcastle player Danny Simpson. The singer began dating the football player in November 2012, but faced a public slanging match with Stephanie Ward, who claimed she was in a relationship with Simpson – and three months pregnant with his child – when the former judge started dating him. Tulisa and Danny’s relationship cooled off in May 2013.
11/11 She was snapped in a bikini with the words ‘Lucky You’ and a shamrock just above her female parts. Reports that she has a tattoo that reads ‘Lucky Me’ just above her rear are yet to have been confirmed.
During the hearing, they spoke only to confirm their names and that they understood the current timetable.
A case management hearing will take place on 27 March.
The pair are on unconditional bail.
Contostavlos and Coombs were remanded in custody on 4 June, after they went to a police station in central London by appointment. She was officially charged on Monday 9 December.
Tulisa’s lawyer, Ben Rose of Hickman and Rose, released the following statement regarding his client:
“Tulisa has been charged with a serious criminal offence to which she will plead not guilty.
“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 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.
“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 the 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 the 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, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, confirmed earlier today: “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.
“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.
“Ms Contostavlos will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 19 December 2013.”
The Sun On Sunday reported that half an ounce of cocaine changed hands as a result of the deal which it said was conducted at London's Dorchester Hotel earlier this year.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed at the time: “We have received information concerning the alleged supply of illegal drugs at a central London location.
”We are considering the information received.“
The singer - who found fame with N-Dubz - was officially dropped as a judge on The X Factor following the arrest, with Sharon Osbourne returning to the show in her place.
The star - whose debut solo album made it to only number 35 in the charts - said that she did not take the drug herself.
Contostavlos last year won an apology from a former boyfriend who leaked footage on to the internet of the two of them performing a sex act.Reuse content