Tulisa Contostavlos is planning to sue the Sun on Sunday's reporter Mazher Mahmood, reports the Sunday People. It follows the collapse of the trial against the singer in which she was accused of arranging a drugs deal.
The judge stayed the trial after deciding that there were "strong grounds" for believing that Mahmood, the so-called fake sheikh, had told him lies and also attempted to manipulate the evidence.
Contostavlos was unable to obtain work for a year from the time of her arrest until the trial.
The paper quotes "a source close to the star" as saying: "She lost her reputation and money so she wants to be compensated... As much as she wants the financial compensation she also wants the world to know she was set up."
It would suggest that matters have moved on since Contostavlos was interviewed several days ago by the Guardian's Simon Hattenstone. In an online video accompanying his interview he is seen asking Contostavlos: "Do you think you'll sue the Sun?"
She turns to her publicist, Simon Jones, and asks: "Am I allowed to talk about this?" She then turns back to Hattenstone and says: "I can't talk about that right now."
Contostavlos, a former judge on the ITV series, The X Factor, may also return to the show. Its creator, Simon Cowell, is quoted by the People as saying: "Tulisa's been through a rough time... I think she deserves a break now."
The Observer columnist, Barbara Ellen, sees Mahmood's entrapment of Contostavlos as "a nasty case of 'get the uppity chav'".
She argues that the reporter "was shooting fish in a barrel" (a phrase I've used often to describe his sting operations). She writes that he was targeting "a working-class kid, already exhausted from relentless scrapping to survive in a series of difficult environments and situations from a young age, but still determined to keep dreaming big."
Yup, that's it in a nutshell. And it was just one of many examples in which naive innocents were lured by Mahmood's grandiose promises into breaking the law. It ain't journalism. It stinks.
Meanwhile, Mahmood, who has been suspended by his newspaper, is the subject of an internal inquiry.
Conjures a brilliant image, doesn't it? Louis Walsh, in a cage, ferociously championing Jedward, his infamous protégés from X Factor 2009. Unfortunately, this containment was the entirely imaginary product of Gary Barlow's mind, which emerged in 2011 after the Irish judge told Barlow's act, Frankie Cocozza, "You're not a rock star, you never will be a rock star". Kelly Rowland chipped in to tell Walsh not to crush Cocozza's dreams, but the former Westlife manager's prediction came true: four years later, Cocozza is yet to become a rock star.
A return to the classic days of X Factor – look at the staging! – here for an appreciation of Sharon Osbourne, who set the tone for bratty judges before Tulisa had even released her first single. Although watching her drench Simon Cowell, like a more constrained Peggy in the Old Vic, is entertaining, the whole event is improved by Walsh's giddy excitement and the fact the auditionee had taken a Cowell-ordered nap before crooning Ronan Keating.
3. “What was the last act, Jedward?”
In late summer 2012, Tulisa "The Female Boss" Contostavlos was just about to release her debut solo album and had some chart success with her singles. Evidently, this was something she felt compelled to tell Walsh about when he undermined her ability to recognise a "recording artist" when she was presented with one.
4. "I want to take it to deadlock!"
After an eternity of fussing, Walsh, emerging from a black polo neck jumper, winds up all of the judges by choosing to let the public decide between novelty act Rylan Clarke and serial TV talent show applicant Carolynne Poole. Barlow, a Rylan dissenter, is the most riled by this, and walks out – but only after he had angrily stood up a few seconds too early, leaving him bobbing up and down behind the judging panel for a while.
5. “I don’t know what’s offended me more: what you’ve said, or the fag ash breath”
Barlow's rather schoolboy insult to Tulisa made headlines and elicited sympathy for his opponent Contastavlos, who made a fair point that contestant Christopher Maloney's incessant 80s power ballads were getting tedious. Hit-maker Barlow knew exactly what audience he was tackling at home, however, as Maloney went on to win in 2012.
6. “You haven’t got an answer!”
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, then Cole, took on Louis after he accused her of picking a "silly song" for Katie Waissell, who, as history has shown, had bigger problems, namely becoming a target of public dislike.
7. "You did nick their song, but it doesn't matter"
A heated discussion that shed light on the intricacies of song selection behind the scenes of the X Factor finals ("We have a rota! We do take it in turns to pick every week!"), and, if the Daily Mail are to be believed, left Dannii Minogue in tears. As for JLS, this was just one step on their journey to post-X Factor fame and fortune.