Tulisa Friend Admits Selling Drugs To Reporter
A friend of former N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos has admitted supplying cocaine to an undercover reporter.
Michael Coombs, who is also known as rapper Mike GLC, pleaded guilty to supplying the Class A drug when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court alongside the star.
Contostavlos, 26, is due to stand trial after she denied being concerned in brokering the alleged drug deal which was exposed by the Sun on Sunday.
During the hearing, she had to leave briefly because she suffered a sudden nose bleed in the dock. She later returned after a short adjournment.
It is claimed the former X Factor judge told undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood, dubbed the "fake sheikh", that she could arrange for him to buy cocaine from Coombs between May 20 and May 24 last year.
Contostavlos, of Friern Barnet, north London, denies helping Mr Mahmood to obtain 0.5oz (13.9g) of the Class A drug for £860.
Judge Alistair McCreath told the rapper he would be sentenced at the end of Contostavlos' trial and released him on bail.
He said: "Michael Coombs, I'll sentence you at the conclusion of the proceedings against your co-defendant, whatever that conclusion may be.
"In the meantime I'll permit you to keep your bail, but you must understand that that consists of no sort of indication as to what sentence you'll get at the end of it.
"On that understanding you may go."
Coombs gave Contostavlos a quick kiss on the cheek and hug and stroked her face as he left the dock.
A jury is due to be sworn in and the prosecution will open the trial on Tuesday.