The trial of Tulisa Contostavlos over drugs allegations has collapsed in dramatic scenes at Southwark Crown Court.
The singer was accused of boasting that she could “sort out” cocaine for a journalist and put him in touch with her rapper friend Mike GLC, who supplied the Class A drug.
In sensational scenes on the steps of the court, Tulisa blasted the Fake Sheikh for his “deceit” and said for the past 12 months her life had been ruined.
She called for police to investigate undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood and “put an end to his deceits” after her trial on drugs charges collapsed with the judge telling the jury there were “strong grounds to believe” that Mr Mahmood had “lied”.
Mahmood posed as a wealthy film producer called Samir Khan when he met the former X Factor judge at a string of luxury hotels and restaurants, jurors at London’s Southwark Crown Court heard.
Contostavlos vehemently denied brokering the deal, which was exposed in the Sun on Sunday newspaper last June.
Today judge Alistair McCreath told the jury that the case “cannot go any further” because there were “strong grounds to believe” that Mr Mahmood had “lied” at a hearing before the trial started.
The 26-year-old star smiled broadly in the dock as the jury was formally discharged from trying the case.
Throwing out the case, Judge Alistair McCreath told the jury: “There are strong grounds for believing Mr Mahmood told me lies.”