BORIS Johnson has been accused of misconduct in a public office over his friendship with businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri.
But who is she and what is their relationship? Here’s what we know…
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Who is Jennifer Arcuri?
Jennifer Arcuri, 34, is a former model who is now an entrepreneur in the tech world.
Jennifer is originally from the US, but moved to London seven years ago.
She had moved back to the US.
She began her career as Radio Disney DJ Razzle Dazz at the Walt Disney Company, according to her profile on IMDb.
She then delved into cinema and produced and directed short film La Valise in 2008, which was part of the Short Film Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.
After moving to the UK in 2011, she launched a career in tech. She founded Playbox Ltd, a social network for the video tech industry.
Jennifer also founded The Innotech Network in east London.
According to her Twitter profile, she is also the founder of Hacker House as well as an entrepreneur, cyber security expert, and producer.
Jennifer Arcuri, 34, is a former model who is now an entrepreneur in the tech world[/caption]
What is her relationship with Johnson?
It has been reported she and the prime minister are close friends.
Mr Johnson is believed to have delivered a keynote speech at Innotech’s first summit in 2012, when Arcuri was 27.
Mr Johnson appeared at other events since then.
It’s alleged that Johnson regularly visited Ms Arcuri at her flat in Shoreditch, east London, when he was Mayor of London between 2008 and 2016.
The owner of the building told The Sunday Times she referred to him as “one of her best friends”.
Her home reportedly featured a dancing pole in the living room.
It also emerged that Jennifer campaigned for Johnson to be mayor for a second term and posted photos of him on social media.
Arcuri, 34, is said to have described Boris Johnson as ‘one of her best friends’[/caption]
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What are the allegations?
Johnson is accused of granting public funding to Jennifer, whose flat he’s said to have visited “several times”.
Jennifer reportedly received £10,000 in business cash from an organisation Mr Johnson was responsible for as London Mayor in 2013.
Arcuri, who was in her 20s at the time, was also allegedly given special treatment to attend jet-set trade missions led by the future PM, according to a Sunday Times investigation.
She was reportedly given privileged access to three foreign trips in one year – despite her tech firm not meeting the eligibility criteria.
Initial decisions to turn her down for two of the trips were overturned after intervention by Johnson and his close team, it is claimed.
A leaked email seen by the Sunday Times allegedly shows Arcuri was given access to a New York trade mission after discussing it with the then-Mayor.
Sources also reportedly confirmed Johnson was a frequent visitor to Arcuri’s posh top-floor flat in Shoreditch, East London.
Mr Johnson has now been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
The police watchdog will asses whether he should be investigated for the criminal offence of misconduct in public office while he was mayor of London.
The Greater London Authority (GLA) said in a statement that the authority’s monitoring officer had recorded a “conduct matter” against the Prime Minister.
What has the Prime Minister said?
Mr Johnson has insisted that he had done nothing wrong.
He told the Andrew Marr Show on the first day of the party’s conference in Manchester that there was “no interest to declare” and everything was done with “full propriety”.
“I was proud of everything I did as mayor of London,” he added.
Furious Downing Street sources last night hit out at the GLA move, branding it “nakedly political”.
A Downing Street Source told The Sun: “Due process has not been followed and the timing is overtly political.
“The public and media will rightly see through such a nakedly political put-up job.”