Tulisa Contostavlos trial thrown out: 'My audition tape was used as 'evidence' that I dealt drugs'

The singer says the experience will “make me stronger”

Tulisa Contostavlos has alleged that Mazher ‘Fake Sheikh’ Mahmood used her audition tapes as evidence that she dealt drugs when she was talking in character as a “bad ghetto girl”.

The trial against the singer, which alleged that she had brokered a drug deal, was thrown out of court today (21 July) after the judge said there were “strong grounds” to believe that the undercover Sun on Sunday reporter had “lied” at a pre-trial hearing.

He has since been suspended by The Sun newspaper, pending an internal investigation.

Contostavlos made a public statement outside Southwark Crown Court, following today’s ruling.

“Let me be perfectly clear, I have never dealt drugs,” she said. “I’ve never been involved with taking or dealing cocaine. This whole case was a horrific and disgusting entrapment by Mahmood and The Sun on Sunday newspaper.

“Mahmood has now been exposed by my lawyers openly lying to the judge and jury. These lies were told to stop crucial evidence going before the jury.”

She claimed: “This evidence showed that I told Mahmood’s long-standing driver that I disapproved of drugs, which is the truth. It is clear that the driver was pressurised to change his statement to strengthen Mahmood’s evidence and damage mine.

“Thankfully, the lies have been uncovered and justice done. This case only happened because the Sun on Sunday, Mahmood and his team tricked me into believing that I was auditioning for a major movie role. They targeted me at a time when things were going badly for me and they had no mercy.

Video: Tulisa trial thrown out

“Mahmood got me and my team completely intoxicated and persuaded me to act the part of a bad ghetto girl. They recorded this and produced it as evidence when I thought it was an audition. It was a terrible thing to do.”

She went on say that with the help of her legal team, she has “succeeded in exposing the real culprit and, most importantly, the real liar” and urged the police and News UK to investigate Mahmood and his team “to put an end to his deceit in pursuit of sensational stories for commercial gain”.

“I have not been able to work for a year and I am now looking forward to resuming my career,” she continued. “I will use my experiences to make me stronger. I would like to thank all the people who have supported me during this ordeal, including my fans and of course my legal team.”

Read more: Tulisa Contostavlos denies drug allegations
Contostavlos told she was more suited to film than Kate Winslet
Tulisa case thrown out of court
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Chief Executive

£28, 700: Whiskey Whiskey Tango: Property Management Company is seeking a brig...

COO / Chief Operating Officer

£80 - 100k + Bonus: Guru Careers: A COO / Chief Operating Officer is needed to...

HR Manager - Kent - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager / Training Manager (L&D /...

HR Manager - Edgware, London - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - Edgware, Lon...

Day In a Page

Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style