London: Tulisa Contostavlos has said that her former boyfriend Justin Edwards “messed with the wrong woman,” after she won an apology from him over a sex tape which appeared on the internet.
The singer and TV talent show judge was at London’s High Court to accept the “sincere apologies” from rap artist Edwards, who initially denied being responsible for the tape appearing on the web.
Her solicitor, Jonathan Coad, told Justice Tugendhat that the invasion of Contostavlos’s privacy “was of the most severe kind imaginable.”
“She suffered and continues to suffer very serious distress at this wholly unjustified and unlawful interference with her rights,” a leading daily has quoted the lawyer as telling the judge.
“She has been particularly distressed by the wholly untrue allegation made by some that she was in some way complicit with the release of the footage. She was not, as this statement makes clear,” he said.
Coad said that Edwards, who was not present but accepted all that was said on behalf of Contostavlos, had also agreed not to speak further in public about their relationship.
Outside court, Contostavlos, dressed in black hotpants, a pale peach jacket and a floral top, spoke to reporters.
“I am relieved that this is finally over. It has been a very testing few months and this was not a case I ever wanted to go through,” she said.
“Justin Edwards’s actions were to spite me, make money and ruin my career. He has succeeded in none of these things. I stand here today a stronger, wiser young woman who has taken this experience and learnt from it. I am disgusted by Justin and saddened by the people that believed I released the footage myself.
“Today the truth has prevailed. After months of lying to the public and lying in court, Justin has finally admitted to being guilty and I hope justice is served. I would now like to draw a line under this and put it in the past. I also would like to thank from the bottom of my heart the fans that stood by me. I’m especially grateful for all the support I have received from the public, my friends, family and team. With that support and my determination I have won this battle. Justin messed with the wrong woman,” she added.
Last week Edwards admitted responsibility for publication of the video, apologised for it, and promised not to do it again.
Contostavlos, who shot to fame as a member of hip hop group N-Dubz and landed a high-profile role as a judge on the X Factor talent show, launched legal action against Edwards and others following the emergence of the footage.
She won a High Court order in March banning publication of footage showing her “engaged in a sexual act.” The singer and Edwards had been in a relationship in their teens which ended in 2009.
First Published: Friday, July 13, 2012, 13:03