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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Ex-lover denies leaking Tulisa tape

Tulisa Contostavlos is taking legal action against Justin Edwards
Tulisa Contostavlos is taking legal action against Justin Edwards

A former boyfriend of X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos denies posting a sex tape showing the couple sharing an "intimate moment", a High Court judge has been told.

Justin Edwards thought the posting of such material "ungentlemanly" and said he had been "brought up better than that", Mr Justice Tugendhat heard.

Edwards said Tulisa had "persuaded me that we should film ourselves" and "seemed to be implying" that filming took place on the singer's phone, the judge was told.

Tulisa, 23 - who found fame as a member of N-Dubz - took legal action against Edwards following the emergence of the footage, claiming he committed a "vindictive act of betrayal" out of spite and greed.

Detail of Edwards's defence to the allegations emerged at a preliminary High Court hearing in London.

Mr Justice Tugendhat said an order - made earlier this month after the star began legal proceedings - banning publication of footage showing Tulisa "engaged in a sexual act" should continue.

Edwards, a rapper who performs under the name MC Ultra, was at the hearing today (Monday). Tulisa was not in court. The judge was told that Tulisa and Edwards had been in an "on and off relationship" which ended in late 2009.

Desmond Browne QC, for Tulisa, gave detail of Edwards' denials to the judge and said there was "clearly a substantial issue to be resolved". Mr Browne told the judge that Edwards "seems to be implying filming took place on (Tulisa's) phone".

He said Tulisa thought Edwards had shared footage and tried to sell it to newspapers. "She has been the victim of a vindictive act of betrayal by Mr Edwards," Mr Browne told the judge. "Seemingly motivated by a toxic combination of personal spite and financial greed."

No date has been fixed for any trial.

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