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  • "Ex"-Ex Factor: British celeb drug trial collapses under oath

  • High profile, drug trial of a British celebrity has collapsed after an alleged lie under oath.
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  • LONDON (AP) — The drug trial of a British celebrity has collapsed after the judge said an undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh" probably lied under oath.
    The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun on Sunday tabloid reported last year it had caught Tulisa Contostavlos, a singer and former judge on the 'X-Factor' talent show, acting a go-between in a deal to sell cocaine to a reporter posing as a wealthy film producer.
    The scoop was the work of Mazher Mahmood, a journalist famed for pulling off undercover stings while disguised as a wealthy Arab businessman.
    Judge Alistair McCreath stopped the trial Monday, saying there were "strong grounds to believe" Mahmood had lied at a pre-trial hearing.
    Contostavlos accused Mahmood of "horrific and disgusting entrapment."
    The Sun says Mahmood has been suspended pending an investigation.
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