Chris Herbert

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Chris Herbert (born 22 February 1971 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England), is a talent manager who has helped overseen the careers of the Spice Girls, Five, Stephen Gately and Hear'Say, B*Witched, The Honeyz, Ben's Brother.[1] He is the son of the late talent manager Bob Herbert.


With father Bob Herbert a music talent manager the young Chris Herbert grew up in music industry orientated environment that had a large influence on his eventual career direction. At the age of twenty-one Herbert approached his father for advice and assistance in setting up his own talent management company.[1] Safe Corporation was founded as an independent music management company in March 1994. The first project the pair worked on was the creation of an all-girl pop group to cater to what he had identified as a potentially massive untapped market.[2]

Spice Girls[edit]

By mid-1994, the Herberts and Chic Murphy had auditioned 600 applicants, and whittled the line-up down to Melanie Brown, Suzanne Tinker (replaced with Geri Halliwell), Victoria Adams, Lianne Morgan (replaced by Melanie Chisholm) and Michelle Stephenson (replaced by Emma Bunton).

After a large amount of development in studios, the final group line-up felt insecure about the lack of a contract and frustrated by the direction in which Heart Management was steering them. Chris Herbert set up a showcase performance for the group in front of industry writers, producers and A&R men in December 1994 at the Nomis Studios in Shepherd's Bush.[3] Due to the large interest in the group, the Herberts quickly set about creating a binding contract for the group, but all five members delayed signing on legal advice. In March 1995, because of the group's frustration at their management, due to the lengthy development period, they parted from the Herbert's Heart Management.

After signing an agreement with Simon Fuller of 19 Entertainment, they released their first single in summer 1996.

Tulisa Contostavlos Sex tape[edit]

Herbert was the manager of Justin Edwards, also known as MC Ultra. With his career not gaining traction, in late 2011 Edwards advised Herbert that he had a sex tape of him and ex-lover Tulisa Contostavlos, now a well-known singer and judge on the UK version of The X Factor.[4] Herbert says that he advised Edwards not to release the tape, but by early 2012 Edwards had an agreement with others to distribute the tape. Herbert says that he advised Edwards not to do this, but negotiated a legal restraint clause with the contract Edwards signed as it was "career suicide".[4]

The tape was released to the press in March 2012.[5][6] Contostavlos was quickly granted an injunction (Contostavlos v Mendahun) that legally blocks the distribution of the tape worldwide.[7][8] The injunction prohibits anyone from using, publishing, communicating or disclosing all or any part of the film to any other person.[9][10] In the aftermath Tulisa later recorded a video response in which she clarified the relationship on her YouTube account "Tulisaconto",[11] [12] and stated that she was both heartbroken and devastated by its release from her ex-boyfriend.[5][13]

In July 2012, she settled a legal action against Edwards, who accepted full responsibility for releasing the tape and apologised.[14] Her lawyer went on to pursue action against Herbert and other defendants, who had his consultantancy on The X Factor suspended,[4] however, the action was soon after dropped as there was no case against Herbert.

Personal life[edit]

Chris has a son, Southan Herbert with his former wife Shelley Herbert.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Interview with Chris Herbert". HitQuarters. 23 Jul 2001. Retrieved 16 Nov 2010. 
  2. ^ "About Me". Retrieved 16 Nov 2010. 
  3. ^ Sinclair, p. 33.
  4. ^ a b c "Tulisa sex tape would be career suicide, says Herbert". BBC Newsbeat. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Tulisa's Sex Tape Confession: "It Is Me"". MTV. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Blackburn, Jen. The Sun. London  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Anisiobi, J J; Sheridan, Emily (19 March 2012). "Tulisa obtains gagging order from the High Court after 'sex tape' hits the internet". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Anisiobi, J J; Sheridan, Emily (19 March 2012). "Tulisa obtains gagging order from the High Court after 'sex tape' hits the internet". Daily Mail. London. 
  9. ^ "Tulisa 'sex tape' removed after lawyers obtain injunction". The Daily Telegraph. London. 20 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Cochrane, Kira (19 April 2012). "Tulisa: 'I don't like getting emotional'". The Guardian. London. 
  11. ^ Tulisa talks. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-04-03.
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  13. ^ "Tulisa sex tape: X factor judge 'heartbroken' by intimate video leaked online". The Daily Telegraph. London. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Bull, Sarah; McConnell, Donna (12 July 2012). "Triumphant Tulisa settles legal action against ex over sex tape publication". The Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 

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