Simon Cowell is gay, according to undercover footage played at the trial of former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos.
Footage shot by an undercover reporter showed Contostavlos's personal assistant Gareth Varey saying he "knows people" who have slept with the TV music judge, Southwark Crown Court heard.
Mazher Mahmood, dubbed the “fake sheikh”, posed as a wealthy film producer called Samir Khan when he met the former X Factor judge at a string of luxury hotels and restaurants, jurors have heard.
The former N-Dubz star is on trial after allegedly boasting that she could “sort out” cocaine for Mr Mahmood and put the reporter in touch with her rapper friend Mike GLC who supplied the Class A drug.
In the video recorded in Mr Mahmood's Metropolitan hotel suite, which was played to the court, the reporter was heard asking Mr Varey if X Factor judge Simon Cowell was gay.
Mr Varey replied: "Yes."
Mr Mahmood asked: "Have you slept with him?"
Mr Varey replied: "No."
Asked why, he answered: "I will when I make my move."
Mr Mahmood said: "How do you know he's gay?"
Mr Varey replied: "I know people who have."
A spokesman for Simon Cowell said: "We are bound by contempt of court rules so cannot respond to these claims in the manner we wish to.
"We are speaking to the Attorney General's office - and we intend to make a statement in court as soon as possible."
Contostavlos, of Friern Barnet, north London, denies being concerned in brokering the drug deal.
I've been saying this for years but my grandmother was having none of it.