No Christmas truce for feuding Fayeds in bitter High Court battle
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: No Christmas truce for feuding Fayeds in bitter High Court battle
He has a castle in the Scottish Highlands, a villa in St Tropez and an estate in Surrey.
But there is, alas, no prospect of billionaire former Harrods owner Mohamed Fayed enjoying a happy family Christmas at any of them, following the latest round in a toxic High Court battle which has pitted his youngest son, Omar, against his younger daughter, Camilla.
In a ruling which has just been delivered, Judge Barbara Fontaine has given permission for the disclosure of some potentially crucial CCTV footage — exactly as 33-year-old Omar hoped.
The footage was recorded at Barrow Green Court, his father’s Surrey residence, on the afternoon of May 18.
Mohamed Fayed with his youngest son, Omar, at Club Cirque in Leicester Square, London, in 2007
Camilla at the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party in, Kensington Gardens, London, in 2018
It was then, according to his initial, incendiary claim, that Omar was subjected to a ferocious assault orchestrated by Camilla and her husband, Mohamed Esreb, and inflicted, in part, by family bodyguards.
The claim drew a withering response from Camilla, 35, who, in a reply submitted to the High Court, alleged that there had been ‘no attack’ and that her brother’s ‘general demeanour’ suggested that he had been ‘on drugs’.
Omar vehemently rejected this in another legal submission, stating that, if he appeared to be ‘hot or sweating profusely or out of breath’, it was because he had been ‘exercising vigorously’ in their father’s gym — adding that he would rely on ‘CCTV footage’ to prove his case at trial.
That possibility now draws closer following Judge Fontaine’s ruling.
According to Omar, he was ‘pushed/grabbed’, punched ‘in the face’ by Esreb, who, in concert with two bodyguards, allegedly also ‘pushed and punched [him] from behind’, before he was ‘struck on the back of his head, grabbed round his neck and brought to his knees’ and ‘struck on his head again and thrown backwards to the floor where he collided violently with a rowing machine’.
The Harrods owner has a castle in the Scottish Highlands, a villa in St Tropez and an estate in Surrey (pictured)
During the final phase of the assault, alleged Omar, Camilla twice called out: ‘Get the phone!’ Though Omar tried to hide his iPhone, it was ‘taken by one of his assailants’.
Subsequently, he claimed, he fled from Barrow Court, photographed his injuries, made a complaint to the police and went to hospital.
Neither Omar, who is suing Camilla and Esreb for £100,000 damages, nor his sister care to comment. But it’s difficult to envisage the scars healing for many Christmases to come.
Lockdown letdown as Georgina and lover split
West End star Georgina Castle (left) and The Bachelor star Alex Marks (pictured together, right), have parted ways
It’s the final curtain for West End star Georgina Castle and The Bachelor star Alex Marks, whom she started dating after watching him on the Channel 5 show where 25 women fight for the affections of a handsome and eligible man.
Wimbledon commentator Andrew Castle’s daughter had already met Alex, 33, through mutual friends, but seeing him again on screen — and hearing he was newly single — sparked her desire to reach out.
‘Sadly we broke up after our holiday,’ she tells me, referring to their trip to Greece.
‘We had to isolate together and I think you get to know pretty quickly whether it’s going to work out or not. It was for the best. At the ripe old age of 28 I’m trying to waste less time.’
As cunning as he is charming, Fifty Shades Of Grey star Jamie Dornan reveals he befriends difficult actors so that he can avoid working with them.
‘Hollywood is the smallest industry in the world, and you know people who are difficult, or tricky,’ says the 38-year-old.
‘People are friends with other actors for that reason, like, ‘I don’t want to work with you, because I don’t want to wreck the idea I have of you as a friend.’ ‘
Jagger’s ex to tell all about private life…
Brazilian model Luciana Gimenez, 51, who is the mother of the rock star’s son Lucas, 21, launched her YouTube channel this week
Sir Mick Jagger’s ex-lover, Brazilian model Luciana Gimenez, is ready to spill the beans.
The 51-year-old, who is the mother of the rock star’s son Lucas, 21, launched her eponymous YouTube channel this week.
‘People have been asking me to open up more, show who I really am, so I decided to do that on my channel,’ explains Luciana, who displayed her playful side by wearing a Father Christmas headband this week.
‘We will have interviews, games, and I will show my routine and talk about parts of my life that I’ve never opened to anyone. I’m excited.’
What not to buy for telly star Susannah
Let’s hope Susannah Constantine’s husband, Danish entrepreneur Sten Bertelsen, did not have too much weight on his mind when he bought her a Christmas present.
‘The worst present I ever got from Sten — just after I’d had Esme — was a set of scales,’ says the fashionista mother of three on her podcast My Wardrobe Malfunction.
‘OK. You just think, think about this ladies, and the few men that listen to this. You’ve just had a baby, you’re still carrying the weight. And your husband for your birthday gives you a set of scales to put in the bathroom.’
Country life is too much for Bea’s beau Edo
Princess Beatrice, 32, is staying put with her husband, Edo Mapelli Mozzi, with whom she lives in Kensington Palace
Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, temporarily left London to move into Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, where Harry and Meghan used to reside.
But her older sister, Beatrice, 32, is staying put with her husband, Edo Mapelli Mozzi, with whom she lives in Kensington Palace.
Edo admits he was put off rural life after spending part of lockdown with his mother, Nicola, and stepfather, the sculptor David Williams-Ellis, in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.
‘I’ve never spent such a long time sitting in one location,’ says Edo, 37.
‘It was magical — but I certainly didn’t get to the end of lockdown and think I wanted to live in the countryside for the rest of my life.’
Celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman, known as Mr Loophole, has always felt joined at the hip with his dog, George. Now the pair are joined at the knee after both he and his Staffordshire Bull Terrier developed arthritis in the same leg.
‘When an X-ray revealed I had early osteoarthritis I couldn’t believe it,’ says Freeman. ‘Though what was even more remarkable was that I had it in the same place as George.’
Inspired by George’s success with an acupuncturist, Freeman has started needle sessions every fortnight. Copydog!
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