Tulisa 'drugged and sexually abused' when she was 16

From the Sunday papers: from Tulisa's new autobiography to Grant Shapps’s ‘double life’

LAST UPDATED AT 11:51 ON Sun 23 Sep 2012

X-FACTOR judge and pop star Tulisa Contostavlos has revealed how she was drugged by a friend who then had sex with her without her consent, The Sun reports. In an extract from Tulisa’s autobiography, Honest, she says that when she was 16 she went to a rave with some male friends. At some point in the evening she blacked out and when she came around she was in a bedroom; her ‘friend’ was having sex with her. “I knew I’d been drugged,” she writes. “I went into the bathroom and burst into tears.”...

POLICE fought running battles with rioters on the streets of the Dutch town of Haren after a Facebook invite to a girl’s 16th birthday party went viral, The Sunday Telegraph reports. Online trolls had set up a website to promote the party, which they called ‘Project X Haren’ in a reference to a film about a party that goes wrong. When Merthe Weusthuis found out was happening she tried to call off the party, but 5,000 revellers turned up to her home anyway on Friday night. They were met by 500 riot police. Violence later spilled over into the town centre, where there was looting and vandalism...

CONSERVATIVE party chairman Grant Shapps has been accused of leading a ‘double life’ after it emerged he told voters contradictory statements about where he was born. When he stood, unsuccessfully, for a parliamentary seat in the capital, the Mail on Sunday reports, Shapps said he was “a Londoner by birth”, but when he won the seat of Welwyn Hatfield, he said he was “born in Hertfordshire”. Yesterday, a photo was published of Shapps at a Las Vegas conference in 2004 wearing a name badge that reads ‘Michael Green’...

OLIVE OIL prices are set to soar following a severe drought in Spain, the world’s largest olive producer, the Observer reports. The drought, which followed a damaging frost in spring, has wiped out around 600,000 tonnes of production. Filippo Berio, the UK’s biggest oil supplier says it will be forced to pass on 25 per cent of the increase to customers. Olive oil lovers are being told to stock up now, as price rises are unlikely to hit until after Christmas...

SEAN CONNERY warned the Irish writer Edna O’Brien not to take LSD in 1970 because he had endured a bad trip, The Sunday Times reports. In her new memoir, Country Girl, O’Brien says she told Connery she was planning to take LSD with the maverick psychiatrist RD Laing, who espoused taking the drug to deal with stress. O’Brien writes that Connery warned her off, telling her he had taken LSD with Laing and it had unleashed a “freight of terrors”…

FORMER Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross has sold his home in London’s Notting Hill for £35m, The Mail on Sunday reports. Ross is said to have bought the home, which was then in a poor state of repair, for £950,000 in 1993. He renovated it, installing a swimming pool, and extending the floor space. He is reported to gave sold it in July to Khaled Said, the 37-year-old son of Syrian-Saudi billionaire Wafic...

A ‘METEOR shower’ seen by thousands of people across the British Isles on Friday night was actually ‘space junk’ – debris from satellites or spacecraft - falling to Earth and burning up, the Independent on Sunday reports. Police received a rash of emergency calls from people who thought a plane had come down. Sightings were reported from as far north as the Shetland Islands as well as Wales and Norfolk...

JK ROWLING has hit out at middle-class attitudes to the poor in an interview to publicise The Casual Vacancy, her first post-Harry Potter book, to be published this week, The Sunday Times reports. “I’m interested in that drive, that rush to judgment, that is so prevalent in our society,” she said. “They talk about feckless teenage mothers looking for a council flat. Well, how tragic is it that that’s what someone regards as the height of security or safety?” · 

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