Former 'X Factor' Judge In British Court on Cocaine Charges

By Shawn Dwyer 07/16/14

Tulisa Contostavlos has been accused of supplying coke to an undercover reporter posing as wealthy movie producer.

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Singer and former X Factor judge, Tulisa Contostavlos, was in Southwark Crown Court this week on charges that she supplied 0.5 ounces of cocaine to undercover reporter, Mazher Mahmood, who pretended to be a wealthy producer named Samir Khan and promised the singer a leading role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in an upcoming movie. Contostavlos has denied the charges.

"When the defendant had got involved in this drugs supply, she believed that Samir Khan was a film producer, a movie producer, a big shot," said lead prosecutor Tim Cray in his opening statement to jurors. "She thought he could get her a part in a big movie that was coming up and it seems that she was keen to be in his good books and be friendly with him."

Posing as Khan, Mahmood told Contostavlos that she was more suited for the supposed role than A-listers like Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley. "She fell for it," Cray said.

In June 2013, the former N-Dubz singer was arrested for allegedly acting as a go-between for Mahmood and rapper Mike GLC, who reportedly supplied the reporter with cocaine. At the time, Contostavlos claimed that she was once part of a gang that sold crack cocaine and that her former boyfriend was a cocaine dealer.

Contostavlos was recorded with Mahmood saying that she would provide him with "white sweets," which Cray said was her code word for cocaine. She also reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana in order to fall asleep.

The trial is set to continue throughout the week.

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