Tulisa loses appeal against V Festival assault conviction

Pop star was originally convicted in July 2014

Tulisa Contostavlos has lost an appeal against her conviction for assaulting a man at V Festival in 2013.

The pop star and former X Factor judge was found guilty of hitting celebrity blogger Savvas Morgan last year and immediately began the appeals process. However, as BBC News reports, a judge upheld the conviction.

Judge David Radford said Contostavlos had experienced “a lack of self-control” when she struck Morgan. “We find she was not calm, this was a lack of self-control – the reasons, we understand – and for a brief moment, we find that she did strike Mr Morgan, before very speedily the incident was brought to an end,” he said.

Contostavlos was originally fined £200 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge, £100 compensation and £2,700 costs. Today’s verdict came with a ruling that Contostavlos’s sentence was altered. She no longer has to pay £100 compensation to Morgan, and the fine of £200 was changed to a conditional discharge. However, she will now have to pay an additional £1,500 in appeal costs.

A separate trial involving the singer facing drugs charges collapsed in court last year after Judge Alistair McCreath stated that he believed prosecution witness Mazher Mahmood had lied to the court at a pre-trial hearing.