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Simon Cowell Responds To 'Antiquated' Gay Claims Made At Tulisa Drugs Trial As Case Is Thrown Out

22/07/2014 07:22 BST | Updated 22/07/2014 08:59 BST

Simon Cowell has responded to suggestions he is gay made during the drugs trial of Tulisa Contostavlos.

Tulisa's friend and PA, Gareth Varey, made the claims in a secret video recording played to the court last week.

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Simon Cowell

Now lawyers for the 'X Factor' boss have issued a statement denying the star is gay, saying the comments had resulted in “widespread media coverage of untrue claims regarding his private life”.

They added: “In 2014 the question of whether someone is or is not gay is antiquated (As it happens he isn’t, though if he were, he would simply have said so).

“However, the issue was the false suggestion made by Mr Varey that Simon — who is renowned for his honesty and candidness — had thus not been truthful in the public arena and this is what we have been obliged to clarify.”

The statement came just hours after the judge threw out the case against Tulisa, due to "serious misconduct" on the part of a key witness for the prosecution.

The former 'X Factor' judge had stood accused of being concerned with the supply of class A drugs, after she was charged with helping an undercover journalist from The Sun on Sunday, Mazher Mahmood, to obtain 13.9g of cocaine for £860.

After being cleared of the charges against her, the N-Dubz star delivered a speech on the steps of Southwark Crown Court, describing her "horrific" court experience and condemning the "lies" told by Mahmood during the trial.

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Tulisa Contostavlos

She said: "This whole case was a horrific and disgusting entrapment by Mazher Mahmood and the Sun on Sunday newspaper.

"Mahmood has now been exposed by my lawyers openly lying to the judge and jury. These lies were told to stop crucial evidence going before the jury."

Simon Cowell, Lauren Silverman

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