Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos 'in sting with fake film producer'
Mazher Mahmood, the Fake Sheikh reporter renowned for the range of aliases he deploys to win the confidence of his targets, yesterday described how he posed as an Indian film producer to ensnare former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos in an alleged plot to supply cocaine.
Giving evidence from a screened witness box, the ex-News of the World undercover journalist told a jury how he persuaded the 26-year-old singer he was a jet-setting movie mogul with the connections to get her a part in a film with Leonardo Di Caprio.
Ms Contostavlos is alleged to have boasted that she could arrange for "white sweets" or cocaine to be supplied for a night out she was arranging for Mr Mahmood, who was going by the name Samir Khan, at an east London strip club.
Prosecutors claim she put Mr Mahmood in touch with a friend, rapper Mike GLC, whose real name is Michael Coombs, who supplied the cocaine at a suite hired by the reporter, then working for the Sun on Sunday, at London's Dorchester Hotel.
Coombs (36) earlier this week pleaded guilty to supplying half an ounce (13.9g) of cocaine for £860 in a late-night deal which led to a front page story last May accusing Ms Contostavlos of brokering drug sales. The singer denies a charge of helping Mr Mahmood to procure a Class A drug.
Mr Mahmood told Southwark Crown Court it was the former N-Dubz star who volunteered the topic of drugs during their meeting at the Metropolitan on May 10.
The court heard that later during the Metropolitan meeting she had once more raised the subject of drugs and spoken of being able to get "white sweets".
Asked what he understood by that, Mr Mahmood said: "That she could supply me with cocaine, no problem."
The case continues.