Paulini opts for a chauffeur

PAULINI Curuenavuli was safely strapped in the passenger seat when snapped for the first time since news broke the

The former Australian Idol singer smiled awkwardly when being photographed as she was driven through a private entrance at Brisbane’s QPAC Theatre yesterday afternoon ahead of taking to the stage as the lead in The Bodyguard stage musical.

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Paulini Curuenavuli awkwardly smiles for the cameras as she is chauffeured to her shows. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

She will perform one more show in Queensland tonight before the production moves to Melbourne ahead of opening there on August 24.

Producers of the stage show on Friday issued a statement of support for the singer, telling fans “the show will go on” and that the singer “remains committed to performing her role”.

On Wednesday, Paulini will appear in court in Mt Druitt to face a charge of corruptly paying a government official.

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The former Australian Idol contestant is currently starring in The Bodyguard musical. Picture: Mark CranitchSource:News Corp Australia

Police will allege the 34-year-old went into the Mt Druitt Roads and Maritime Services offices in July last year and filled out a form falsely claiming she had a US driver’s licence. She allegedly posed for a photograph and was given an unrestricted NSW driver’s licence.

She later allegedly transferred $800 into the account of the person who served her, Faletausala Vaifale, 27, who was sentenced to a year’s home detention.

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Paulini allegedly bribed a government official to provide her with an unrestricted driver’s licence. Picture: Mark EvansSource:News Corp Australia

Paulini was allegedly caught out because Vaifale was being investigated over a string of false licences doled out to family members, friends and Rebels bikies in return for $34,582.

There is no suggestion Paulini was involved in any of the bikie related activity.

If convicted she could face up to seven years in jail.

Her lawyer said the singer was “aware of the gravity of the charges” and was treating them with “the utmost seriousness”.

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