Singer Tulisa Contostavlos told police allegations that she assaulted a celebrity blogger are part of a vendetta against her.
Celebrity writer Savvas Morgan said he suffered swelling to the eye after the alleged incident involving the N-Dubz star and former X-Factor judge 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 is on trial at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court with her assistant Gareth Varey, who is accused of threatening behaviour, which he also denies.
In a police statement read to the court this morning, she said Mr Morgan had previously made “unfounded and vicious” allegations against both her and Varey.
The star added Mr Morgan’s “considerable ill-feeling and resentment” stemmed from an incident at the Whisky Mist nightclub in Mayfair, London, when she asked security to request Mr Morgan to leave after he attempted to join her in a VIP area.
Referring to the alleged assault backstage at V Festival, Contostavlos added: “At no point was I threatening or abusive towards him.
“In fact I had my hands behind my back as I knew he was capable of inventing assault claims as he had done against Gareth in the past.”
She said she saw Mr Morgan being restrained and struggling and feared he may attack her.
Detective Sergeant Amanda White told the court stars who witnessed the incident, including singer and rapper Misha B, Sugababes singer Mutya Buena, singer Alexandra Burke and rapper Wretch 32, had all been asked to give police statements through their representatives. No statements were forthcoming.
In his statement, Varey said neither he nor Contostavlos had attacked Morgan.
“Neither of us would have done this as it was exactly the reaction he was looking for so he could make unfounded allegations against her and me,” he added.
Both of the defendants gave virtually identical accounts in pre-prepared statements to detectives.
They refused to answer further questions.
The pair described how they knew Morgan as he had sought to befriend them to obtain gossip for his blog.
Yesterday 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.
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.
Contostavlos and Varey, 28, both of Royal Drive, Friern Barnet, north London, are both on unconditional bail.
Giving evidence wearing a black suit and black polo neck jumper, Contostavlos gave her occupation as ``singer and television personality''.
Asked by her barrister Jeremy Dein QC if she assaulted Mr Morgan, she said: “Most definitely not.”
Mr Dein asked about a sex tape of Contostavlos which was leaked to the press.
She said she found out Mr Morgan may have been involved in this.
She added: “I couldn’t confirm at the time that he was involved because I didn’t know at the time the tape existed.
“Once I knew, a couple of details made me believe he was involved a lot more than he made out.”
Describing the publication of the sex tape, she went on: “I was horrified – it was one of the worst times of my life.
“I recorded a video on YouTube explaining the situation and put it up online and posted it on my Twitter account.
“An ex-boyfriend had taken what was supposed to be private footage of us and many years later tried to sell it and put it online.”
She said she held no grudge against Mr Morgan: “There were many people involved.
“I feel that some of the things he was doing were very mean, I didn’t like the man, but he was one of many people who had issues or dramas with me.
“It’s part of my life and I’m pretty used to it by now.”
Describing the Whisky Mist incident, she said she had been filming for The X Factor with groups Little Mix and The Risk when Mr Morgan tried to join their table.
“When I saw these people I had never seen before I alerted the security guard that we were filming and asked that they be removed from the table,” she added.
Asked if she had come across such incidents before, she said: “All the time.
“When something comes with the job, when you make that decision, it becomes part of your life and you just have to learn to get on with things and have a certain amount of control of the situation.
“At the time I didn’t actually know who he was until I was alerted by the tweets he was sending.”
Contostavlos told the court she had no criminal record.
She said that on another occasion, while working at the luxury Mondrian hotel in Los Angeles, she had been involved in an argument with Mr Morgan.
He claimed she was making too much noise and as she tried to leave the argument, he attempted to push his way through her bedroom door, Contostavlos said.