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Tulisa case adjourned until July


Tulisa Contostavlos has denied an assault charge linked to a celebrity blogger

Tulisa Contostavlos has denied an assault charge linked to a celebrity blogger

Tulisa Contostavlos has denied an assault charge linked to a celebrity blogger

Tulisa Contostavlos must wait more than a month to discover the outcome of her trial over claims she assaulted a celebrity blogger.

Writer Savvas Morgan alleges he suffered swelling to his eye after an alleged incident involving the 25-year-old singer at the V-Festival in Chelmsford, Essex, last year.

But the ex-N-Dubz star and former X Factor judge has claimed she did not attack him and has been the victim of a vendetta, saying Mr Morgan had a "strange obsession" with her.

Tulisa denies an assault charge linked to the alleged altercation last August.

The star is on trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court with her assistant, Gareth Varey, who is accused of threatening behaviour, which he also denies.

The case had been due to conclude but, following legal argument, District Judge Angus Hamilton adjourned the case so that further witnesses can be called.

One of the outstanding issues surrounds the existence of a "lost" photograph of Mr Morgan's injuries.

There will now be no verdict until at least July 2 when the case will resume.

Judge Hamilton said: "I am anxious this does not go on any longer than necessary."

During the trial, Tulisa said she was disappointed "a playground slanging match" had reached court and was keen for it to be resolved adding: "This is my life on the line."

Earlier, the star's tour manager, Drew Lyall, said he had put an arm around her after witnessing the aftermath of the incident which happened in a backstage area.

Mr Lyall, who told the court he had assisted Tulisa on hundreds of occasions, added: "She was very upset and briefly mentioned it was a guy who had been hounding her or harassing her for a very long period.

"She hadn't mentioned any particular individual before the incident, I had never seen him before.

"She was calm. She was just a little bit upset."

Other celebrities, including singer and rapper Misha B, Sugababes singer Mutya Buena, singer Alexandra Burke and rapper Wretch 32, all witnessed the incident but have not given evidence.

Tulisa told the court that Mr Morgan had conducted a "vendetta" against her since an incident in which she asked security to remove him from a VIP area at the Whisky Mist nightclub in London's Mayfair.

She also outlined her suspicions that Mr Morgan was involved in the release of a sex tape of her online.

But she claimed she had no grudge against him, saying: "He was one of many."

Mr Morgan told the court that the singer raised her fists in the air and was swinging her arms in a backstage area at the festival.

"Everyone was jumping around trying to get at me, there was a lot going on," he said.

Prosecutor Matthew McNiff said the incident happened at 12.30am on August 18 as Mr Morgan was about to leave. He said Tulisa accused Mr Morgan of stalking her, and swore at him.

Tulisa and Varey, 28, both of Royal Drive, Friern Barnet, north London, are both on unconditional bail.