Dorchester Hotel Calirls and the 'Playboy Prince'

The Birmingham Post (England), February 20, 1998 | Go to article overview

Dorchester Hotel Calirls and the 'Playboy Prince'


Special Correspondent

The astonishing lifestyle of playboy Prince Jefri of Brunei - the brother of the world's richest man - emerged in the High Court yesterday.

One of the claims was that after his brother, the Sultan of Brunei, bought London's Dorchester Hotel in 1985 the prince would pay for up to 40 prostitutes to be present "at any one time".

The allegation was made by one of his former friends and emissaries, Bob Manoukian, who is involved in a multi-million pound legal battle with the prince.

In a written statement of his evidence, Mr Manoukian said: "There might be up to 40 prostitutes present at the Dorchester Hotel at any one time paid for by Prince Jefri, some from England - procured by an English madame who had dealt with Prince Jefri for several years - and some brought in especially by them from the Far East under the pretence that they were maids or servants."

In the case before Mr Justice Longmore Prince Jefri faces accusations of failing to honour deals and is being sued for pounds 80million by the Mr Manoukian and his brother.

The polo-playing prince - who recently bought Asprey, the Queen's jewellers, for pounds 244million - is counter-suing for over pounds 100 million.

He claims the Manoukians, whose family has worked as middlemen for the Brunei royals for almost two decades, systematically exploited their close friendship and made unreasonable and concealed profits out of him.

The Manoukian brothers say the 44-year-old prince reneged on a pounds 55million deal to buy the Adelphi property in the Strand and a pounds 25million verbal deal to renovate the first five storeys of the Prince's London home at 45 Park Lane, formerly Hugh Hefner's Playboy Club.

During the hearing it has been alleged that the prince bought 45 Park Lane for pounds 21 million to "keep his prostitutes away from the public eye".

The prince denies the allegations involving prostitutes. …

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