Paulini vows to get legal driver’s licence after pleading guilty to bribing official

Singer Paulini Curuenavuli will be free to continue her run as the star of the stage musical The Bodyguard, after facing a Sydney court on Monday.

She walked in to Mount Druitt Local Court wearing a tailored white sleeveless blouse, leather pants and stilettos while casually chewing gum and glaring at the waiting media.

The 34-year-old’s barrister, Lisa-Claire Hutchinson, entered a guilty plea on her behalf to bribing a government employee to obtain a fake driver’s licence.


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She then asked for the Magistrate to adjourn sentencing to December.

Ms Hutchinson argued that Paulini would use the time to attend a traffic offender’s program and lawfully obtain a driver’s licence.

She explained how the former Australian Idol contestant was on the “tail end of a musical” and her employer was “supportive”.

The Bodyguard is currently playing at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, with shows scheduled until October 29.

The offence carries a maximum seven-year jail term, but other people embroiled in the scheme, run by a former RMS employee, have been slapped with fines.

Sentencing was adjourned until December 15.