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US News Boris Johnson: No investigation into the affair with ex-model Jennifer Acuri

18:32  21 may  2020
18:32  21 may  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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As Mayor of London, Boris Johnson is said to have illegally provided grants to an ex-model years ago. According to the police, he has not committed a crime. His behavior could still have an aftermath.

  Boris Johnson: Keine Ermittlungen in Affäre um Ex-Model Jennifer Acuri © Leon Neal / Getty Images

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not being investigated by the police for abuse of office in the affair with the US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri . This was announced by the independent police supervisory authority IOPC in London. Johnson was accused of illegally granting the ex-model grants and travel while serving as Mayor of London (2008 to 2016).

Arcuri is said to have received a total of £ 126,000 in public funding during Johnson's tenure as mayor.

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Johnson may have had an intimate relationship with Arcuri, the regulator said. As Mayor, Johnson was also chief of police in the capital. The authority had therefore investigated the allegations.

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The case could still have an aftermath. The London Assembly, a kind of city parliament, wants to take a closer look at Johnson's behavior. The IOPC agency had specifically checked whether Johnson had committed a crime. "This will not affect our investigation, which will focus on his behavior as mayor," said Len Duvall of the London Assembly.

In a BBC interview half a year ago, Arcuri let it be known that her relationship with Johnson was not purely platonic. It wasn't just a sexual intention that had sparked Johnson's interest in her. "He was very impressed with my energy, my ability to do things," said Arcuri at the time. Johnson should acknowledge the fact that she has been "part of his life" for a long time, she said.

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