Mike GLC Has Something To Say

When Tulisa Contostavlos's cocaine trial imploded on a technicality last month, the former N-Dubz singer must have felt the sweetest relief of her life. And while the case is likely to hang over whatever career she has left, it's looking like she can put the whole sorry affair behind her. She will be painted as the victim of the "fake sheikh" Sun reporter Mazher Mahmood's unscrupulous pursuit of a scoop.

This is fair. While Mahmood's deception has uncovered match-fixing and corruption in the past, going after Tulisa was totally without merit. All it really served to show was pop stars have access to cocaine, a drug that proliferates the media and, at some point or another, many a news desk. Wheedling a celebrity into a drug deal that you yourself instigated is desperate, if not unexpected from the Sun given its history of disseminating poison. It may sell papers, but it's not of genuine public interest (it's hard to see how a court could back a public interest defence on Mahmood's part if he'd libelled Contostavlos, for instance). Not to mention the fact that Mahmood lied under oath.

But while Tulisa will walk away from this as the silly little girl who should have known better, Michael Coombs, the supplier implicated in the sting, has found himself in a very different position.

Prior to this story the rapper known as Mike GLC was anonymous to middle England. Now he will be the villain who led an impressionable young lady astray. The bad crowd that she has now cut loose on the way to responsible womanhood.

Yes, Mike GLC allegedly attempted to supply cocaine and, yes, the evidence is incriminating. But without Tulisa's involvement there is no story here for the papers. Now she can look ahead, and is even thought to be preparing a civil case against Mahmood.

Mike GLC is not so fortunate and, unsurprisingly, is attempting to speak up. Taking to twitter to vent his frustrations, the rapper claims he has repeatedly approached the media to give his version of events, only to be shut down by Contostavlos's legal team at every turn. He's the fall guy. The bogeyman who conveniently matches the drug dealer photofit and who can be lumped with the blame and shame.

There's a cruel injustice to this. It's a case of those on top buying their way back into favour and leaving the rest to burn. If Mike is allowed to say his piece, it could well threaten Tulisa's future. She can afford lawyers to suppress his story and control the public narrative. But what part of the story is missing? At the very least we should be able to hear what he has to say.