POP star and former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been arrested on suspicion of supplying class-A drugs.
The N-Dubz singer was arrested “by appointment” at a police station on suspicion of supplying £800 of cocaine to an undercover reporter at London’s Dorchester Hotel.
The 24-year-old’s Hertfordshire mansion was searched by detectives as she was questioned yesterday before being released on bail.
A close friend of the reality television star, who was part of the X-Factor judging panel for the past two years before being axed ahead of the 2013 series, was also arrested.
Rapper Mike GLC told reporters waiting outside Belgravia police station in central London that the pair was innocent.
He added that any evidence caught on camera had been “taken out of context” and the duo was “set up”.
“Anyone can edit or chop things together on video,” he said.
“The truth will come out in the end. I don’t want to go into much more detail.
“I am going home to be with my family. This is ruining my life. I am not a drug dealer.”
News of the arrests broke on the day that veteran X-Factor panellist Sharon Osbourne arrived in Glasgow to join judges Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh to watch Scottish hopefuls audition.
Osbourne, 60, returned to the show after a six-year break.
The music management mogul, who was drafted in to replace Contostavlos, declared: “I’m the nan of the panel”.
She told Barlow and Walsh: “It feels natural, it feels like I should be here. I’ve missed you guys.”
Osbourne’s return coincided with one of several scandals for Contostavlos in recent weeks.
The star – whose recent debut solo album made it to number 35 in the charts – was also hit with a leaked tape that showed her and a former boyfriend performing a sex act.
It was later revealed that the ex-lover featured, Justin Edwards, had released the tape.
Legal action against Edwards and his former manager is ongoing.
Contostavlos, who was caught in a newspaper sting allegedly selling drugs, is said to have boasted to a reporter: “Half my phone book sells it [cocaine]. Of course I can get it for you. Half the guys I know are drug dealers.”
Before joining the X-Factor, Contostavlos rose to fame with the band N-Dubz. She, along with bandmates Dappy and Fazer, had hits with singles including Morning Star, Girls and Best Behaviour.
In London last night, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Officers from Westminster have arrested two people – a 35-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman – on suspicion of supplying class-A drugs.”
Both had been bailed, pending further inquiries, until a date in July, he added..