Tulisa set to discuss 'Fake Sheikh' drugs sting and distressing trial in tell-all BBC 3 documentary 'Tulisa: The Price of Fame'
The singer has reportedly documented her life in the run-up to the trial that collapsed on Monday
Tulisa Contostavlos is apparently set to expose all about the ‘Fake Sheikh’ drugs sting that landed her in court in a tell-all BBC Three programme.
The singer has reportedly documented her life in the run-up to the trial that collapsed on Monday (21 July), since The Sun on Sunday first published the undercover story by Mazher Mahmood in 2013 that accused her of brokering a cocaine deal worth £820, Broadcast reports.
The sensational headline ‘Tulisa’s Cocaine Deal Shame’ greatly affected the former X Factor judge’s career, and Contostavlos claimed during her statement outside Southwark Crown Court in London yesterday that she had been unable to work for the past year as a result of it.
“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 further 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.
“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.”
Video: Tulisa - 'I have never dealt drugs'
She went on to 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.”
The case against the singer was thrown out by Judge Alistair McCreath because he believed there had been “serious misconduct” by undercover reporter Mahmood, and that there were “strong grounds” to believe that Mahmood had “lied” at a pre-trial hearing.
Charges of supplying Class A drugs brought against rapper Mike GLC (real name Michael Coombs), who had pleaded guilty, were also dropped.
Mahmood has since been suspended by The Sun on Sunday pending an internal investigation.
The documentary, Tulisa: The Price of Fame, is expected to be broadcast on Monday 28 July at 10pm.
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