Tulisa de­nies punch­ing TOWIE star

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FOR­MER judge Tulisa Con­tostav­los has de­nied punch­ing a star and claimed he in­sulted her men­tally ill mother.

Tulisa, 26, is at­tempt­ing to over­turn a con­vic­tion for as­sault­ing Sav­vas Mor­gan, who posted a sex tape of her on his web­site.

The singer was con­victed last sum­mer of punch­ing celebrity blog­ger Mor­gan in the face at the Au­gust 2013 V Fes­ti­val.

Ac­cord­ing to Mor­gan, Tulisa had a grudge against him since he pub­lished a link to a sex tape leaked by her ex-boyfriend in 2012.

But yes­ter­day Tulisa in­sisted she re­mained calm dur­ing the ‘ker­faf­fle’ while Mor­gan la­belled her a ‘bitch’ and a ‘slut.’

She told London’s Snares­brook Crown Court she asked him ‘diplo­mat­i­cally’ to stop fol­low­ing her 15-strong en­tourage as they headed to­wards her mo­torhome at the fes­ti­val for a party.

Tulisa said she pointed out to Mor­gan he was not in­vited.

“I was calm and re­laxed un­til his in­stant re­ac­tion, which was ag­gres­sive. I didn’t want to get into an ar­gu­ment or con­fronta­tion,” she said.

Tulisa said Mor­gan be­came ag­gres­sive, mov­ing to­wards her and us­ing abu­sive lan­guage.

He called her a ‘slut,’ ‘whore,’ ‘a no­body’ and went on to in­sult her men­tally ill mother, it was said.

She ad­mit­ted us­ing terms such as ‘bas­tard’ and ‘dick­head,’ but said she kept her hands be­hind her back dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

The scuf­fle lasted around four min­utes and Mor­gan was left with a swollen eye after the in­ci­dent.

Con­tostav­los claimed it was out of character for her to ar­gue and was adamant she did not be­come vi­o­lent.

She de­scribed her­self as a ‘fighter’ – but only emotionally. And she claimed Mor­gan once turned up out­side her ho­tel room in Los An­ge­les and also ap­peared un­ex­pect­edly to her 23rd birth­day party.

The singer claims Mor­gan had only be­come fa­mous off the back of the an­i­mos­ity be­tween the two.

She added it was the only rea­son he got a job on ITV3’s re­al­ity show

Fol­low­ing her con­vic­tion in July 2014 the ex-N-Dubz singer was was fined £200, and or­dered to pay £100 com­pen­sa­tion.

Tulisa, from Fri­ern Bar­net, north London, is ap­peal­ing one count of as­sault. The hear­ing con­tin­ues.

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