Lord John Browne‘s former lover, Jeff Chevalier asked the disgraced British Petroleum honcho for a Â£300,000 pay-off, according to The Times.
The Canadian national and German-born aristocrat allegedly came to an agreement after at the end of their relationship: Browne would help Chevalier maintain a life of luxury. Browne allegedly broke his word, which prompted Chevalier to sell his story to The Mail on Sunday.
The Times elaborates:
…Last month [Chevalier] returned to Canada where he was reunited with his former boyfriend, John Trickey. Last night Mr Trickey told The Times: â€œJeff told me that he wanted Lord Browne to pay for the rest of his tuition, and wanted Â£300,000. I wanted to help him so I phoned Lord Browneâ€™s lawyer.â€
Mr Chevalier refused to comment on the allegations but told The Times: â€œThis is not about money. I am somewhat more principled than that.â€
Principles? Chevalier sold Browne’s story to a newspaper. That’s not very principled.
Trickey, who met Chevalier as an escort, also says that the young man has a history of finding rich older men to seduce, “He was hooking to feed himself”. Regardless, Trickey insists Chevalier’s not a bad person.
Meanwhile, British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith has been mulling whether or not to try Browne for perjury after Browne lied about how he met Chevalier: in a park. The likelihood of such a trial seems unlikely, however. The High Court judge remarked that he would not send the trial along to the AG, “It is probably sufficient penalty that the claimantâ€™s behaviour has had to be mentioned in the judgmentâ€. That and the fact that Browne lost millions of dollars by resigning.