January 9, 2014 16:10
Tulisa to face trial on drugs charges in July
Former 'X Factor' judge is charged with playing a part in the supply of Class A drugs following tabloid sting
Tulisa Contostavlos was arrested following tabloid newspaper reports that claimed she was involved in an £860 cocaine deal. Contostavlos appeared at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court today (January 9) speaking only to confirm her name, reports BBC News. A trial date has been set for July 14.
Contostavlos appeared alongside her co-defendant Michael Coombs, with both of the accused having pleaded not guilty at a previous hearing. The singer has been released on unconditional bail until March 27, when a plea and case management hearing will be held.
In June 2013 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 £860 for half an ounce of cocaine.
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