Lord Browne’s Lover Wanted Dough

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Lord John Browne‘s former lover, Jeff Chevalier asked the disgraced British Petroleum honcho for a £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: “Jeff told me that he wanted Lord Browne to pay for the rest of his tuition, and wanted £300,000. I wanted to help him so I phoned Lord Browne’s lawyer.”

Mr Chevalier refused to comment on the allegations but told The Times: “This is not about money. I am somewhat more principled than that.”

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 claimant’s behaviour has had to be mentioned in the judgment”. That and the fact that Browne lost millions of dollars by resigning.