Tulisa Contostavlos today walked free from Southwark Crown Court as a trial revolving around her alleged boast of being able to "sort out" an undercover reporter with cocaine collapsed.
The contentious comments were made by Mahmood during a pre-trial hearing and related to a conversation between him and a driver.
The court heard that Mahmood's driver, Alan Smith, picked up Contostavlos from a London hotel in May last year and later gave a police statement. He said he overheard the singer talking disapprovingly about drugs – but then later changed his mind about including this after talking to Mahmood.
When asked in court if he had discussed this with Smith, Mahmood said "no" and that he had not seen the statement. The judge said today that this was "entirely inconsistent" with evidence Mahmood gave last week, when, under cross-examination, he said he had seen it.
Mahmood had posed as a wealthy Bollywood film producer offering Contostavlos a role in a major film. She insisted she was the victim of entrapment and had merely been trying to impress the producers of the film with a "bad girl" image.