X Factor flop Steve Brookstein ends up in front of a judge - and it's not Simon Cowell!

Steve Brookstein

Things seem to have gone from bad to worse for the first winner of The X Factor Steve Brookstein. Since winning the show all the way back in 2004, things have never gone right and now he's found himself infront of a judge. It wasn't for a talent show however, Steve was in court after a road accident.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Steve put on a bizarre performance in the court with the judge telling him: "You’re in a court of law – this is not a theatre."


Steve was in court after he failed to fill in forms related to a incident thought to involve his car. Steve claimed his car wasn't involved and instead blamed his time on The X Factor for not filling out the paperwork.

"In my work I’m subjected to prank calls, to rude emails and Facebook messages," Steve said. "I get a lot of abuse. When I received this – and I knew my car wasn’t involved – I thought someone was trying to stitch me up."

He added: "I’m pretty annoyed that I have had to travel to Manchester twice to clear my name."

Steve was found guilty and received a fine of £550 and given six points on his licence.

Asked by the judge how much he was earning as a singer when issuing the fine, Steve joked: "Not enough," before answering: "Around £10,000 to £15,000 a year."

The judge criticised Steve's unwillingness to cooperate, saying: "This is a very simple form that hundreds, if not thousands, of people get every day.

"It’s so clearly spelt out that in my judgment no one can be in any doubt about what their responsibilities were."

Steve parted ways from Syco and Simon Cowell in 2005 after arguments about his debut album.

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