Tulisa Contostavlos has been ordered to pay out £70,000 in compensation, after claims she trashed her luxury £1 million rented flat.
The 31-year-old was sued by her former landlord Andrew Charalambous, who claims that the N-Dubz star left the formerly ‘pristine’ penthouse apartment in Enfield in an ‘appalling unlettable condition’ when she moved out in 2016.
Mr Charalambous claims that he let the flat to Tulisa in September 2014, saying that the property was ‘in tip-top condition and when he took it back it was trashed’.
His barrister Max Thorowgood claimed at Central London County Court that damage to the property included cigarette burns on the carpets and bath, the fridge door being ropped off and the bathroom sink being smashed.
Mr Thorowgood said: ‘Miss Contostavlos, who is a pop star, had a lot of parties there’.
Tulisa’s lawyers denies the allegations, telling Judge David Saunders that the former X Factor judge ‘denies that any damage was caused by her or that any damage is over and above normal wear and tear’.
However, Judge Saunders ordered the Young singer to pay her former landlord £70,832 plus legal costs, striking out her defence due to Tulisa’s failure to comply with earlier court orders.
Tulisa’s legal team blame this failure on a ‘breakdown in communication’ between the star and her solicitor while the singer was abroad.
The judge said: ‘The suggestion that this delay was due to these reasons is weak.
‘It is well established that contact can be made with individuals in this country by either mobile phone or email.
‘It may well be that Ms Contostavlos has an agent but, even if not, being abroad is not a bar to remaining in touch with her solicitor – particularly when she is aware of the importance of this case, which involves a substantial amount of money.’
Tulisa had rented the Enfield property from Mr Charalambous for £3,466 a month, and her barrister Mark Brittain said that the star denied breaching the terms of her lease.
He said: ‘It is alleged that my client left this property in a bit of a mess, but she says she did not.
‘Her defence is that she denies that any damage was caused by her or that any damage is over and above normal wear and tear.’
Mr Charalambous had sued for costs of repairing damage done and ‘the loss of the replacement tenant to whom he had agreed to let the flat after she vacated it’.
Neither Tulisa nor her former landlord were at the hearing.
A rep for Tulisa told Metro.co.uk that she will be appealing the decision, saying: ‘Tulisa categorically denies these claims made about her and the damage to the property.
‘Due to a paperwork error, Tulisa has not yet had the opportunity to put her evidence before the court which she was hoping to do at trial.
‘This latest judgment effectively prevents Tulisa from giving her side of the story.
‘Tulisa’s legal team are now appealing this decision and asking for a new date to be set.’
Tulisa was pictured last night at the annual Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards, where she partied with Love Island’s Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard.
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