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Tulisa to tell of ‘ruined’ year since Sun on Sunday story in BBC documentary following drugs trial collapse

By Press Gazette

Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos will open up about her "horrific" ordeal in a BBC3 documentary to air next week.

The singer (pictured, Reuters), 26, told this week, after her trial for allegedly brokering a drugs deal collapsed, how a year of her life had been "ruined".

Cameras have been following the former N-Dubz singer since the story appeared in The Sun on Sunday in June last year.

The documentary, to be broadcast on Monday, will also feature Contostavlos talking to programme makers about her experience after the judge formally threw out the case.

BBC3 channel editor Sam Bickley said: "BBC3 has had exclusive access to Tulisa all the way through her ordeal and this hour long documentary will bring you her true story, as events unfolded."

On Monday the singer criticised undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood, who was the main prosecution witness, after a judge said there were "strong grounds" to believe he had lied on the witness stand and "had been manipulating the evidence".

The Sun on Sunday suspended the journalist known as the Fake Sheikh amid questions over whether he could now face a perjury investigation.

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Contostavlos, who had denied brokering a drugs deal, appeared on the steps of the court and called the case "a horrific and disgusting entrapment by Mazher Mahmood and The Sun on Sunday newspaper".

The show airs at 10pm on BBC3 on Monday night.

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