Published Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Tulisa Contostavlos arrives at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday. (© Getty)
Mazher Mahmood, dubbed the "fake sheikh", posed as a wealthy film producer called Samir Khan and met the former N-Dubz star in Las Vegas and at the luxury Metropolitan hotel in London's Mayfair, jurors heard.
The reporter promised the former X Factor judge, 26, he could "get her a part in a big movie that was coming up" with Leonardo Di Caprio as her possible co-star, and she was keen to be "in his good books", prosecutor Tim Cray told London's Southwark Crown Court.
Contostavlos then allegedly put Mr Mahmood in touch with her rapper friend Mike GLC who supplied cocaine at a late-night rendezvous at London's five-star Dorchester Hotel.
The singer also allegedly bragged that she used to be part of a gang who sold crack cocaine and that her ex-boyfriend was a cocaine dealer.
But the illicit drug deal was taped and exposed in a front-page story in the Sun on Sunday newspaper last May.
Mike GLC, whose real name is Michael Coombs, 36, pleaded guilty on Monday to supplying 13.9g of cocaine - which tests later showed was at 37% purity - for £860.
Opening the case, Mr Cray told jurors: "When the defendant had got involved in this drugs supply, she believed that Samir Khan was a film producer, a movie producer, a big shot.
She was part of a sting by the Sun newspaper. She fell for it.
Tim Cray, prosecutor
"She thought he could get her a part in a big movie that was coming up and it seems that she was keen to be in his good books and be friendly with him."
Mr Cray said Mr Mahmood first arranged to meet Contostavlos in Las Vegas in March last year, and in May the pair met at the Metropolitan Hotel in Mayfair, during which they discussed whether Contostavlos was more suited to the film role than Kate Winslet or Keira Knightley.
Mr Cray told the court Mr Mahmood arranged to fly to London from France for a night out at a strip bar later that month, and received a call from Contostavlos at 10.30pm on 21 May to arrange it, when talk turned to whether cocaine would be available.
Mr Mahmood booked himself into the Belgravia suite of the five-star Dorchester Hotel in London's Mayfair, where at around 1am on 23 May last year Coombs handed over the drugs, just as Contostavlos has allegedly arranged.
Mr Cray said: "In a sentence, therefore, the focus of what you have to look at and look at hard, we allege the defendant was instrumental in arranging the supply of cocaine carried out in the Dorchester early on the Thursday morning.
Mr Cray warned the jury to keep their "feet firmly on the ground" when considering the case, and not be swayed by the glitz and glamour of "showbusiness, journalism and the world of celebrity".
Contostavlos, of Friern Barnet, north London, denies helping an undercover reporter to obtain 13.9g of the Class A drug for £860.
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