Tulisa denies punching TOWIE star
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.