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BBC to air Tulisa drugs trial documentary next week

By | Published on Wednesday 23 July 2014


Tulisa Contostavlos is set to discuss her recent drugs trial, and its collapse, in a BBC Three documentary next week.

Due to air at 10pm on Monday, with repeats on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as appearing on iPlayer, the Beeb explains: “The programme asks whether she has brought this upon herself or, in taking a look at the wider British tradition of ‘build em up, knock em down’, whether she is another high-profile young person destroyed by the tabloid ‘sport’ of entrapment?”

As previously reported, Tulisa was charged with supplying drugs to undercover Sun reporter Mazher Mahmood, aka ‘the fake sheikh’. However, the trial against her, and her co-accused friend Michael Coombs, collapsed when it emerged that there were significant inconsistencies in some evidence given by Mahmood.

In other Tulisa drugs trial-related news, now that there is no more trial to be in contempt of court over, Simon Cowell has been able to issue a statement over claims made by the singer’s PA that he is gay.

As previously reported, Cowell’s lawyers consulted the Attorney General last week after a recording played in court revealed claims made by Gareth Varey about the music exec’s sexuality, in which the Personal Assistant said that he knew men who had slept with the ‘X-Factor’ chief.

Making a statement at the time was not possible with the trial ongoing, but on Monday evening a spokesperson said: “Simon was referred to during the trial without forewarning, resulting in widespread media coverage of untrue claims regarding his private life”.

He went on: “In 2014 the question of whether someone is or is not gay is antiquated. (As it happens he isn’t, though if he were, he would simply have said so.) However, the issue was the false suggestion made by Mr Varey that Simon – who is renowned for his honesty and candidness – had thus not been truthful in the public arena and this is what we have been obliged to clarify”.