The Crown Prosecution Service have released a statement this afternoon giving the Metropolitan Police authorisation to charge Tulisa with supplying Class A drugs.

The singer, who faces a trial at the Westminster Magistrates Court on 19 December, will be charged with the offence.

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said:

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Tulisa Contostavlos, 25, with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

This charge relates to an investigation by The Sun newspaper between early March 2013 and 23 May 2013 which resulted in the supply of Class A drugs to an investigative journalist.

This decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

Ms Contostavlos will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 19 December 2013.

This defendant is now the subject of criminal proceedings and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.

Her court appearance next week is a formal appearance to confirm her name and accept her charges, and her official trial will probably be set to start in the new year.

Right before Christmas as well! Damn… it might be a sad, sad Christmas for Tulisa this year!