Former 'X-Factor' judge was in court in London today (April 4)
Tulisa Contostavlos has been banned from driving for 15 months after she pleaded guilty to drink-driving in court this morning (April 4).
Contostavlos appeared at Highbury magistrates court and reportedly broke down in tears as she pleaded guilty to driving offences relating to an incident in September 2015 (via BBC News). In addition to the ban she was also ordered to pay £1,185.
The pop singer and former judge on The X Factor crashed her Ferrari into an elderly couple’s Saab outside Southgate Tube station last year.
The court heard that Contostavlos had drunk two glasses of wine before the incident.
Tarika Jayaratne, working for the prosecution, said Contostavlos was driving “on the wrong side of the road” when she hit the Saab. She added that during her interview with police following her arrest, Contostavlos claimed she was “sleep-walking” or “sleep-driving” at the time.
In January 2015 Contostavlos lost an appeal against her conviction for assaulting a man at V Festival 2013. She was found guilty of hitting celebrity blogger Savvas Morgan last year and immediately began the appeals process. However, a judge upheld the conviction.
A separate trial involving the singer facing drugs charges collapsed in court in 2014 after Judge Alistair McCreath stated that he believed prosecution witness Mazher Mahmood had lied to the court at a pre-trial hearing.