Pop star and X Factor judge is forced to pay £70,000 over claims of trashing her rented apartment.
Tulisa Contostavlos, the 31-year-old former N-Dubz singer, has been ordered to pay £70,832 compensation over claims that she left her £1million rented flat in a state which needed £68,000 worth of repairs.
The three-bedroom penthouse at Uplands Park Road, Enfield which the landlord supposedly left “in tip-top condition” before the rental, was left damaged with the fridge door ripped off, cigarette burns across the apartment and a smashed bathroom sink.
UK Cypriot Andrew Charalambous, the landlord of the property, sued the popstar after finding the damages.
At Central London County Court, Max Thorowgood, the barrister for the landlord, claimed at the court that it was clear there were “a lot of parties there.”
Mr Thorowgood said: “In July 2016, she returned it to him in what he alleges was an appalling – unlettable – condition.
“It is absolutely clear from the nature of some of the items which are admitted — such as the stains and cigarette burns on the carpets, the sink in the bathroom being smashed and the cigarette burns on the bath — that she did not look after this property as she should have done.”
On top of the £70,000 compensation, Miss Contostavlos was ordered to pay interest as well as the costs of her legal battle, after a “breakdown in communication” with her legal team prevented them complying with a court order relating to evidence of damage.
Judge David Saunders threw the case defence as he said the reason for Miss Contostavlos delaying the court orders due to a “breakdown in communication” was weak.
In a statement released after the ruling, Miss Contostavlos said she would like to appeal against the ruling and claimed the judge prevented her from sharing her side of the story.