Ex-'X Factor' judge Tulisa fined for blogger blow

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Posted: Jul 25, 2014 7:21 AM
Ex-'X Factor' judge Tulisa fined for blogger blow

LONDON (AP) — British singer and former "X Factor" judge Tulisa Contostavlos, who last week won a legal victory over a tabloid sting story, has been fined for assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival.

The 26-year-old celebrity was convicted Friday of hitting Savvas Morgan at the V Festival in August 2013. She had denied the charge.

A judge at Stratford Magistrates Court in London ordered her to pay a 200 pound ($340) fine plus almost 3,000 pounds ($5,100) in other costs.

Last week Contostavlos was cleared of a drug charge stemming from a sting by the Sun on Sunday tabloid.

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The newspaper said she had offered to supply drugs to undercover journalist Mazher Mahmood, nicknamed the "Fake Sheik."

A judge halted the trial, saying Mahmood likely lied under oath.