Trial of N-Dubz's Tulisa Contostavlos collapses
The trial of N-Dubz singer and former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has collapsed.
The singer was standing trial after she allegedly helped the Sun on Sunday's undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood (famously known as 'The Fake Sheikh') obtain 0.5oz (13.9g) of cocaine for £860, but the trial has now collapsed.
According to BBC News, Judge Alistair McCreath told Southwark Crown Court that he believed Mahmood had lied to the court and dismissed the case.
Speaking today, McCreath told the jury that the case "cannot go any further" because there were "strong grounds to believe" that Mahmood had "lied" at a hearing before the trial started.
He said: "Where there has been some aspect of the investigation or prosecution of a crime which is tainted in some way by serious misconduct to the point that the integrity of the court would be compromised by allowing the trial to go ahead, then the court has no alternative but to say “this case must go no further”."
Earlier on the court had heard that Mahmood had posed as a wealthy film producer called Samir Khan, who told the singer he could secure her a series of high-profile film roles. He then claimed that Contostavlos said she could get cocaine for him when he offered her a lead role in a film.
Contostavlos had vehemently denied the charges from the outset. Her co-defendant, Mike GLC, whose real name is Michael Coombs, 36, had previously pleaded guilty to supplying half an ounce (13.9g) of cocaine. He has also walked free after the judge said the case could not proceed against him.