X Factor’s Tulisa in court on cocaine deal charge

FORMER X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has appeared in court accused of being concerned in brokering a drug deal.

Tulisa Contostavlos spoke only to confirm her name at Southwark Crown Court. Picture: John Stillwell/PA

The former N-Dubz star, of Friern Barnet, north London, is charged with helping an undercover reporter obtain 0.5oz (13.9g) of the Class A drug for £860.

The 25-year-old singer is said to have told The Sun on Sunday’s undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood, dubbed the “fake sheikh”, that she could arrange for him to buy cocaine.

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Contostavlos denies being concerned with the supply of 0.5oz (13.9g) of cocaine to Mahmood between 20 May and 24 May last year but she has not entered a formal plea at court.

Wearing black skinny jeans, stiletto heels, a black polo neck top and matching black blazer with her brown hair piled high in a bun, she spoke only to confirm her name at Southwark Crown Court.

She appeared alongside rapper Mike GLC, also known as Michael Coombs, 35, of Enfield, north London, for a plea and case management hearing.

Coombs, who also spoke only to confirm his name, denies a charge of supplying the drug on 23 May last year at the upmarket Dorchester Hotel in central London.

Contostavlos and Coombs, who sat in the dock flanked by a uniformed officer, are due to stand trial on 14 July.

They were bailed to return to Southwark Crown Court on June 25 when a three-day legal argument hearing will take place.

Judge Alistair McCreath told the pair: “You are both free to go. If you want to come on any further application you may do so.

“You must come on 25 June when I’ll deal with pre-trial matters.

“You may both go on unconditional bail.”

Contostavlos was officially dropped as a judge on the ITV talent show X Factor days before her arrest on 4 June last year, with Sharon Osbourne returning to the show in her place.