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Monday 28 July 2014

Tulisa Contostavlos appears in court on assault charge

Published 19/05/2014|17:04

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CHELMSFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Tulisa Contostavlos arrives to face assault charges at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on May 19, 2014 in Chelmsford, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Tulisa Contostavlos arrives to face assault charges at Chelmsford Magistrates Court . (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
CHELMSFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Tulisa Contostavlos arrives to face assault charges at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on May 19, 2014 in Chelmsford, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Tulisa Contostavlos arrives to face assault charges at Chelmsford Magistrates Court . (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
CHELMSFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Tulisa Contostavlos arrives to face assault charges at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on May 19, 2014 in Chelmsford, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Tulisa Contostavlos arrives to face assault charges at Chelmsford Magistrates Court . (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

A man said today that singer Tulisa Contostavlos swung her arms towards him at a music festival, making contact with his left eye.

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Celebrity blogger Savvas Morgan said he suffered swelling to the eye after the incident at the V Festival in Chelmsford, Essex, last year.

Contostavlos has denied an assault charge linked to the alleged altercation last August. The 25-year-old appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court with her assistant Gareth Varey, who is accused of threatening behaviour, which he also denies.

Mr Morgan told District Judge Angus Hamilton that Contostavlos raised her fists in the air and was swinging her arms.

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

Other people's arms were also swinging around, but they were not as close as those of Contostavlos.

Asked if one of her limbs made contact with his eye, he said: "Yes."

He said he was led away by security.

"Yes, he said 'There's one of you and 15 of them, and we don't want to see you get hurt'."

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

"She saw the opportunity to hit him, and hit him in the eye," he said.

Contostavlos's defence was that she had been careful to keep her arms behind her back, and someone else assaulted Mr Morgan, he added.

Mr Morgan said he had never been accused of stalking anyone else in the business.

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