We recently reported that X Factor hopeful Tamera Foster was at the centre of an alleged drugs debacle after a tabloid newspaper claimed to have seen posts on Twitter in which the 16 year old “boasted” about smoking marijuana.
At the time, a spokesman for the show said that the claims were being investigated and, if it was deemed appropriate, “action would be taken.”
However, Tamera is once again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons; this time regarding claims that she assaulted a fellow teen and subsequently received a police caution.
The Sun reports, “THE songbird being hailed as X Factor’s new Leona Lewis told of her shame last night as she admitted savagely attacking a fellow teen after taking drugs.”
The paper’s article goes on to say that Tamera “apologised via The Sun to victim Holly Wilks” who apparently told police that Tamera threatened her, saying, “Kiss my shoes or I’ll beat you up.”
Tamera, who was 15 at the time of the alleged incident, told the paper, “If I saw Holly I would apologise and make it clear I am remorseful.
“I’m really sorry for what happened. I lashed out when I shouldn’t have.
“It was a really stupid move.”
The alleged attack on Holly and her friend reportedly took place on Boxing Day last year in Gravesend, Kent, and of it, and drugs drama, Tamera is quoted as saying, “I’m very ashamed of the drug use.
“I do really want to be a good role model for my fans. I’m upset and ashamed by my actions and realise how stupid I was.
“I never meant to encourage or endorse the use of drugs.”
And of the alleged attack on Holly, she added, “I do think the marijuana I took could have contributed to my behaviour.
“I was in a bad place when that happened and I’m in such a better place now.
“The police being involved made me realise it was serious what happened.
“I was stupid. I’m not a violent person. The police weren’t called to the scene. Their involvement came a few months after the incident.
“I’m not sure what sparked that, but I got a phone call from the police asking for an interview.”
She added, “They took my fingerprints. It was scary being treated like that by the police.
“I feel like I’ve changed as a person now. I don’t feel like violence is the way to solve things anymore.
“I’ve realised now it doesn’t make anything better.
“I’d be upset if this ruined my chances on The X Factor. I’m determined to show that I’ve changed.
“Now I’m definitely in a much calmer place and things are looking up.”
Meanwhile, Holly – who is also 16 years old – said, “Tamera comes across on X Factor as a lovely girl, but the country should know she is a violent bully.
“She followed me off a train and when I would not kiss her feet, like she asked, she beat me.”
Of seeing Tamera on X Factor, Holly said, “As soon as I glimpsed her on camera, I knew it was Tamera.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was eating dinner but just felt sick and couldn’t eat.
“I couldn’t believe how angelic she appeared. The judges were impressed because she can sing.
“I hope they boot her off the show — otherwise it sends out a very dangerous message.”
However, a source close to Tamera said, “As Tamera herself has admitted, she was going through a very difficult time and is now in a much better place.
“The fight broke out following claims that the girl involved was abusive towards one of Tamera’s friends, although she knows that this does not justify her actions and she is very sorry for what she did.
“The matter was dealt with appropriately by the police, who judged this to be a minor and first offence, therefore giving her a reprimand.
“Tamera is now focused on doing well in the competition and hopes to move forward with her life positively.”
In addition, a spokesperson for X Factor said, “The X Factor does not condone violent behaviour.
“The matter was dealt with by the police at the time and Tamera has since apologised for her past behaviour.”
We will of course keep you posted on any developments in this story, but for now, here’s a reminder of Tamera’s second audition…