By Tony Sokol
In July, 2014, Michael Coombs, aka rapper Mike GLC, pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine to an undercover reporter from Britain’s The Sun newspaper after he was caught on camera. Former News of the World reporter Mazher Mahmood, known as the “fake sheikh,” was found guilty of perverting the course of justice in the trial of Mike GLC and singer Tulisa Contostavlos and sentenced to 15 months in prison. The jury found the self-appointed “King of the Sting” reporter faked evidence.
In 2014, Mazher Mahmood, 53, posed as a Bollywood film producer and had drinks with singer Tulisa Contostavlos while they discussed a possible acting role alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Tulisa bragged that she could get good drugs in an effort to impress the journalist posing as a producer. Mahmood got his driver, Alan Smith, 67, to change a witness statement and lied to the judge about the methods he used to implicate Tulisa.
Coombs believes that the advice he received to plead guilty to supplying drugs led to his reputation being tarnished. The “Cocaine Rapper” announced that he signed Andrew Eborn, a top investigative lawyer, producer and presenter to look at his position in the aftermath of the “fake sheikh” drugs trial.
Coombs had walked away from the earlier drugs trial without any sentence but he pleaded guilty to supplying drugs, as advised by his lawyers. He’s now questioning the advice he was given by BCL solicitors, which he received without any request for payment. PRO Richard J. Hillgrove, founder of 6 Hillgrove Public Relations, has also been advising.
Coombs says the advice to plead guilty damaged his reputation. As the first British rapper, Mike GLC sold 300,000 albums. He is also a TV actor, artist, a session photographer and owns his own successful magazine/modelling agency.
“I received no bill from BCL,” Coombs said in a statement. “I was told that all my legal costs were totally taken care of. But I say, by who? And why?”
The legal firm representing Mr. Coombs also represented jailed PR Max Clifford, who was then representing Simon Cowell.
“I feel I was poorly advised to ‘go guilty’ by the firm, when there was no evidence to suggest that any cocaine was ordered or supplied,” Coombs said.
The CPS trial ruled that the evidence was faked by Mazher Mahmood, the “fake sheikh.”
“So why did I receive advice from BCL solicitor to plead guilty?” Coombs asked.
Since taking a “hit” for Tulisa Contostavlos, his former friend of 8 years, the two have not spoken a word to each other.
“Tulisa has been advised that I am a no-go area ever since BCL solictiors advised me to ‘go guilty,’” Coombs said.
Coombs said he is still eager to move forward with the film project he and Tulisa believed they were pitching to the undercover journalist on the night of the sting. Tulisa had agreed to take the starring role.
“It’s a modern day street version of Oliver Twist,” Coombs said in a statement.
Support for the soundtrack of his Oliver Twist film project has been received from top American rap stars.
Investigator Eborn owns Octopus TV, and is interested in ensuring Coombs’ story is heard.