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Tulisa's lawyer criticises 'greedy newspapers' following drugs charges

Popstar and former 'X Factor' judge to plead not guilty to playing a part in the supply of Class A drugs

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A lawyer representing pop singer and former X Factor judge Tulisa have issued a statement following her being arrested on suspicion of playing a part in the supply of Class A drugs.

The Crown Prosecution Service yesterday (December 9) confirmed that Tulisa, full name Tulisa Contostavlos, will face prosecution following a police investigation in June. The N-Dubz singer was arrested following tabloid newspaper reports that claimed she was involved in an £800 cocaine deal.

The Independent reports that Contostavlos's lawyer Ben Rose issued a statement which reads: "Tulisa has been charged with a serious criminal offence to which she will plead not guilty. As has been widely reported this entire case has been manufactured by The Sun on Sunday and Mahzer Mahmood, sometimes known as the fake sheikh."

It continues: "This case is not simply about drug supply. It is about the limits which we set on the conduct of journalists. The media have rightly been criticised in recent years for gross invasion into the private life of others. Tulisa is the latest in a long line of people who have been treated as fodder by greedy newspapers. This was a deliberate attempt to target a young woman who is all the more vulnerable because of her celebrity status."

Back in June an undercover reporter working for The Sun On Sunday recorded what is believed to be Tulisa saying that "half her phone book" had access to drugs and that she would introduce their reporter to a drug dealer. This introduction was allegedly then made, with the undercover journalist filming himself paying £800 for half an ounce of cocaine.

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