Simon says Tulisa hasn't lost her X Factor job over sex tape… but there could be more to come as her ex looks set to unveil more intimate footage
01:42 GMT, 23 March 2012
Simon brands Tulisa Contostavlos' ex-boyfriend MC Ultra a 'scumbag' over 'disgusting' sex tape leak
Cowell jokes he is going to rush to watch the candid video himself
Reports claim Tulisa's ex is set to unveil more intimate details despite him insisting he didn't release the tape
Tulisa Contostavlos has admitted herself that the last few days have been devastating following the release of a sex tape featuring her with an ex-boyfriend.
But while she's suffering a difficult time, the star has one man backing her while she overcomes the shame.
Simon Cowell has now spoken out to defend the singer and has slammed her ex MC Ultra as a disgusting 'scumbag' following the scandal.
Scroll down to watch Tulisa speaking about the sex tape…
Standing by her: Simon Cowell has spoken out to slam Tulisa Contostavlos' ex-boyfriend after branding him a 'scumbag' and insisting her job is safe on The X Factor
And the music mogul has put her mind at ease after he insisted that her job is still safe on The X Factor's judging panel.
Ex: MC Ultra, pictured on Saturday, was allegedly behind the release of the sex tape
He said: 'What a scumbag to sell something that was private. It's disgusting, he is a thief, he is repulsive.'
And Cowell has stated that 'it makes absolutely no difference to me about her coming back on the show,' adding: '100 per cent. If I said no (to her rejoining The X Factor) it's allowing every sleazebag in the country to wreck somebody's career whens she didn't do something wrong.'
The news would have come as a welcome relief to the N-Dubz star, who took to the internet on Wednesday night and admitted it was in fact her in the video after initially denying it was.
But while she's still reeling from the public embarrassment, Simon has already started to make light of the footage.
He admitted he hadn't watched the six-minute clip but joked: 'I am going to watch it tonight.'
MC Ultra, real name Justin Edwards, has responded to the singer's claims that he was the one behind the video leaking.
He tweeted stating that people should listen to both sides of the story after he was accused of being responsible for the film ending up on the internet.
Writing on his Twitter page, Ultra said: 'To find the truth both sides of the story should be heard b4 passing judgement #thatisall.'
'Devastated': Tulisa has addressed the sex tape that was leaked online this week, confirming that it is her in the video
And he addressed the furore again just an hour after Tulisa posted a YouTube video directly addressing the sex tape.
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He wrote: ''I believe in silence being a
sign of Integrity but in this case I guess I'll have to speak up and Lay
out the facts and let you guys decide.'
But while he had spoken out to insist he wasn't responsible for the tape being made public, it has appeared Tulisa's worries may not yet be over.
Rumours have started to circulate that the rapper has got more footage from their 18-month relationship that he's allegedly planning to unveil.
A source told the Daily Star: 'People like Justin think Tulisa has sold out by going on X Factor and becoming a glamour girl. If he tells his story she will not come off well. She has a lot of skeletons in the closet.'
And some have speculated he's used the footage just as he's set to launch his own music career.
Another source added to the publication: 'It seems a big coincidence that it hits the web as Justin is relaunching his music career.
'He used to support N-Dubz on tour, then he got dumped by his record label, and his girlfriend Tulisa became a megastar. It didn't sit well with him.'
But Ultra's former manager Tim Ferrone has spoken out to defend him, claiming he'd be 'shocked' if he did ever purposefully leak the footage.
On screen: Simon has insisted Tulisa still has her job '100 per cent' and has slated MC Ultra over allegedly releasing the six-minute clip
Ferrone said: 'He was always adamant he would never talk about Tulisa in interviews. He wanted to become a star in his own right. If this is true it is a shock.'
Tulisa took to the internet earlier this week to open up about her former partner's betrayal.
The 23-year-old confirmed that it was indeed her seen
performing a sex act on a man in the video.
And she spoke of her devastation at the betrayal by the former boyfriend she loved who broke her trust.
said in a YouTube video she posted online: 'I've never been the type –
regardless of being in the public eye – to sit down and keep my mouth
shut about anything, especially when I've done nothing wrong.'
The singer addressed the public without the support of handlers or her manager in a
five-minute long monologue during which she blasted ex-love Edwards, who she blamed for the release of the video.
Holding up two pictures of the couple during their relationship, Tulisa says: 'Justin is someone who I was seeing from the age of 17 off and on for many years.
'I practically moved in with him, I loved him deeply, had a lot of respect for him, we talked about kids and marriage. I got my record label to give him a singles deal.'
'Betrayed': Tulisa and Ultra during happier times at the Mobo Awards after-party in Glasgow, Scotland in October 2009
'Both sides of the story': MC Ultra tweeted to his followers that they shouldn't judge him
CELEBRITIES VOICE THEIR SUPPORT FOR TULISA
JLS star Aston Merrygold: 'Gwarn #teamtulisa to much respect for @officialtulisa Ax'
The Saturdays singer Rochelle Wiseman: 'Well, that definitely sets it straight!!! xx'
TOWIE star Jessica Wright: 'Go @officialtulisa for the video I have just seen of her telling the truth. Takes a lot for someone to do something like that #respect'
Former X Factor contestant Marcus Collins: '@officialtulisa got SO MUCH RESPECT for you T! Keep strong! Karma is a b***h x'
'I never expected a scenario like this.'
The candid star reveals that the release
of the video did not come as a huge surprise to her, after she learned
of its existence last year.
'I can be honest – about six months
ago I got calls from a lot of mutual friends telling me that he had this
footage of me that was threatening to bring out for whatever reason –
to make money or ruin my career,' she says.
'I confronted him and he lied about it, he completely denied it.
'Now here we are today, and the footage is now circulating online.
'As you can imagine, I'm devastated. I'm heartbroken, I've been in bits for the last few days.
you share an intimate moment with someone you love, that you care about
and trust, you never imagine that at any point it will be shared with
the rest of the UK or people around the world.
'It's a pretty tough time for me, but I don't feel I should be the one to take the heat for it.
'The truth about the tape' The X Factor judge said that she's been 'in bits' for the past few days
you share an intimate moment with someone you love, you never expect
this': The singer alleges that the other party in the video is
ex-boyfriend Justin Edwards
is something he took upon himself to put the footage online, and now
he's sitting in silence and pretending that it's not him on the tape
when it is.
'I'm not going sit here and be violated or taken advantage of.
'It's out now, there is nothing I can do about it, but I felt I needed to tell my side of the story.'
day the sex tape was leaked, Ultra tweeted: 'I didn't wanna say
anything on the subject but I see peoples imagination running away..
it's nothing to do with me. #backtowork.'
…But while Ultra has insisted he didn't leak the tape, sources have claimed he has more sordid details to share
decision to speak out about the embarrassing video comes just two days
after her legal team obtained an injunction preventing anyone using,
publishing or communicating or disclosing to any other person… all or
any part of the film.
a spokesperson for the singer declined to comment on the matter as Miss
Contostavlos deliberated over if, and how, to respond.
reaction was posted online on Wednesday night and tweeted to her
1.7million Twitter followers with the simple explanation: 'The truth
about the tape.'
The 'tape' first appeared on a website available to download for 3.90 on Monday morning and caused a social media frenzy.
The six minute film, taken from a camera phone, shows a blonde performing a sex act.
Speaking up: Tulisa posted her YouTube address online on Wednesday night
spokesman for the website which uploaded the video wrote on their
Twitter page on Monday afternoon: 'So ummm… Tulisa’s lawyers just left
our office after serving us a handwritten cease and desist notice.
'So basically we’ve had to take the video down.'
Tulisa's admission that she confronted
her ex about the existence of the tape is at odds with her
spokesperson's denial last year.
At the time, when it was reported that someone had asked the singer for 50,000 to prevent the video from leaking, her team said: '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.'