'It was a tribute to Camden': Tulisa denies using notorious street gang symbol
09:10 GMT, 4 July 2012
The rap world and family show The X Factor don't easily go hand in hand, and Tulisa is clearly finding it a little tricky to walk the line.
The singer has found herself in trouble after she was pictured using a well-known street gang sign while shooting a music video on Sunday night,
Tulisa was photographed making the 'C' symbol, which is used by north London gang Crime Scene Boys, who also go by the Church Road Soldiers.
'It was a tribute to Camden': Tulisa has been left red-faced after being ridiculed for using a well-known gang sign while shooting a music video
The 23-year-old denies all knowledge of what the sign means, despite the music video shoot taking place on the Church End Estate in Harlesden, where the gang are based.
Also on set was rapper Nines, who frequently throws up the 'C' sign in his own music videos.
Tulisa is pictured wearing tiny denim shorts, heeled trainers, a white hoodie and a thick gold chain, dancing in front of a car surrounded by a crowd.
Denial: The singer alleges that she had no idea the 'C' sign was associated with a street gang
Tulisa claims that she used the symbol to pay tribute to Camden, where she grew up.
But onlookers at the late-night shoot have a different story, telling The Sun: 'She was strutting around throwing gang signs and hanging around outside the blocks of flats.
'She was swearing and trying to fit in with the other people who were around her from the estate.
Collaboration: Tulisa's new track features the rapper Nines
Night shoot: The video was filmed on the Church End Estate in Harlesden, where the Crime Scene Boys are based
Making that C sign is what people do when they are a member of the Crime Scene Boys. It’s a real mistake.'
Tulisa is adamant that she was not trying to fit in, and is maintaining her new cleaner-cut X Factor image.
'I filmed a street video on Sunday night for a track on my album,' she said in a statement. 'The video was a collaboration with the rapper Nines. When we were filming on the street loads of other people turned up and joined in the shoot.
In trouble with the bosses The X Factor have yet to comment on the controversy
Notorious: Nines, pictured here in his music video, often uses the sign
'When I was holding my hands in the C sign, this was as a tribute to Camden, my home town and where N-Dubz began.
'I am not aware that this sign has
anything to with any street gang and I 100 per cent do not endorse any
gang violence in any form.'
A spokesperson for The X Factor is yet to respond to Mail Online's request for comment.
Makeover: Tulisa has toned down her image since being hired by family-friendly show The X Factor