Tulisa aide says sorry for remarks about Simon Cowell
Tulisa Contostavlos's personal assistant has apologised for making claims about Simon Cowell's private life which were heard in court prior to the collapse of the singer's trial, and said he had been "drunk" at the time.
Gareth Varey, the aide to the former X Factor judge, was heard to have said media mogul Cowell was gay during a video recording which was played in court last week.
X Factor boss Cowell's lawyers issued a statement on Monday – following the collapse of Contostavlos's trial over drug supply allegations – denying the claims made against him, which they said had made him appear to be not telling the truth about his sexuality.
Varey said that he did not know why he made the comment to undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood, which he conceded was "not true", but said it was probably because he was "so drunk".