Former Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding has been banned from driving for six months and fined £500 after being caught driving with a mobile phone. Ms Harding had hired celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman, known as "Mr Loophole" to defend her, who told the court that she was too famous to take public transport and it would affect her ability to visit her mother in Stockport. District Judge Nina Tempia rejected the claim. She ruled: "As Mr Freeman has said, he is asking the court to deal with you as opposed to a normal person. Well, you are a normal person. I can see no reason why you shouldn't be disqualified."
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