Former King of Spain's ex says she wants damages for 'harassment'

King Juan Carlos’ ex-lover tells High Court judge she wants £126million in damages after ‘campaign of harassment’ by former Spanish monarch after the break-up of their relationship saw her ‘lose her significant income’ as a strategic consultant

  •  Juan Carlos has asked judge to dismiss Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn’s claim

An ex-lover of Spain’s former King has told a High Court judge that she wants more than £126 million in damages after making harassment claims.

Danish businesswoman Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, 58, is suing Juan Carlos, 85, in London and says the amount she is claiming will not surprise him.

Mrs Justice Collins Rice is overseeing the latest stage of the litigation at a High Court hearing in London.

Lawyers representing Juan Carlos, who denies harassment, have asked the judge to dismiss Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn’s claim.

They say she wants more than £126 million – including more than £112 million for ‘loss of business and income’ – and argue that she has no ‘realistic’ prospect of success.

Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn pictured leaving the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Tuesday

The former king of Spain Juan Carlos has asked a High Court judge to dismiss the £126million damages claim made by ex-lover Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn 

Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, who has homes in England, has told the judge in a written witness statement that she had earned ‘significant’ sums working as a ‘strategic consultant’ and helped clients including Volkswagen develop business relationships in jurisdictions where they were not established.

She says she wants to hold Juan Carlos to account for the ‘harm caused to my mental health by his harassment’ and to hold him responsible for the ‘full financial consequences of his actions’.

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‘My earnings as a strategic consultant were reduced to zero from 2015 onwards, despite having earned from that business on average nearly £7.5 million every year between 2008 and 2012, and approximately £4.5 million in each of 2013 and 2014,’ she said in her witness statement.

‘Because of the harassment, I haven’t been able to continue working as a strategic consultant.

‘My existing business relationships had been completely destroyed by the defendant.’

Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn told the judge: ‘Given my earning capacity, the defendant will not have been surprised by the amount of my claimed losses.’

She said: ‘The defendant contacted my existing business relationships… and persuaded them to sever their business relationships with me.

‘I believe he did this by promising that they would benefit from their association with him…

‘Between 2013 and 2015, the defendant caused articles about me and my business affairs to be published by the media, through which I believe he intended to damage my reputation and to prevent me from earning a living.’

Danish entrepreneur Corinna Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn pictured leaving the Royal Courts of Justice in London on July 18

Juan Carlos (pictured with Queen Sofia) ruled from 1975 until his abdication in 2014

She said she had recently begun a new business providing advice to clients who found themselves in ‘complex international challenges’.

Juan Carlos ruled from 1975 until his abdication in 2014 and the succession of his son, King Felipe VI.

A number of other judges have considered issues in the litigation and heard that Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn is Danish, had lived in Monaco and has homes in London and Shropshire.

Danish businesswoman Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, 58, is suing Juan Carlos, 85, in London

They have been told that Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn had complained about a ‘campaign of harassment’ begun by Juan Carlos from 2012, following the ‘break-up of an intimate romantic relationship’ and her ‘refusal’ to let him use about £56 million ‘irrevocably gifted’ to her.

Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn’s lawyers have told Mrs Justice Collins Rice Juan Carlos gave her the money in 2012 after saying he wanted to provide for her and her family.

They said he ‘deceived’ her and that the ‘gift’ was a ‘device to retain control of the funds’.

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