Tulisa Contostavlos, pop star with hit band N-Dubz and a judge and mentor on this year's X-Factor talent show has instructed her lawyer to seek an injunction against a website which was purporting to offer visitors a link to a controversial sex tape which it claims features the singer.
Lawyers representing Ms Contostavlos, 23, sought an immediate injunction to prevent publication of the seven-minute video after it was posted onto a website. The link was taken down before the video was spread around the world by social networking sites.
Lawyers successfully applied for an injunction preventing publication of the video and banning media outlets from describing the sex acts performed in it.
A spokesman for the singer stated: "Tulisa has asked us not to comment on speculation about her personal life."
The website later claimed that lawyers representing Ms Contostavlos had arrived in person at their offices to issue a handwritten 'cease and desist' notice. This notice is used in the US as a warning to someone to stop committing an act or action, and not to repeat it, or face a legal claim.
Ms Contostavlos was hit last year by claims from an unidentified man that he had a copy of sex tape featuring the singer. He threatened to release it, and asked for $500,000 to prevent this from happening. It is thought she refused to pay the man.
Her spokesman said at that time: "This tape is 100 per cent fake and is just someone trying to cash in on her X-Factor role. She is horrified that someone would go to the extreme lengths of fabricating a video. It is absolutely not her. Tulisa has categorically never allowed anyone to film her having sex," he said.
Ms Contostavlos shot to fame as part of pop trio N-Dubz, which scored numerous number-one hits and awards before splitting in March 2011. The group was formed with her Cousin, Dappy, and former boyfriend, Fazer, whom she split from in January of this year.
Rumours about Ms Contostavlos's sex life have been never far from the public eye, and were further fuelled after she was stopped at customs in Miami International Airport recently with a 'rampant rabbit' sex toy, which was found vibrating in her luggage. Ms Contostavlos stated on Twitter that the toy was a gift for a "friend".
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