The woman who accused Neil and Christine Hamilton of rape was tonight warned she was faced a “substantial” jail sentence after she was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
Nadine Milroy-Sloan, 29, was convicted by a jury at the Old Bailey after 13 hours of deliberations.
The prosecution argued that she was a “cunning” fantasist who had come up with the scheme to find fame and fortune.
Following the verdict, Mrs Hamilton said: “I’m relieved. We’ve known right from the outset that what she said about us was a pack of lies.
“The whole thing has just been a grotesque charade, but I’m delighted at last, over two years after she made the original allegations, justice has been done.”
Milroy-Sloan complained to police in May 2001 that she had been attacked by former Tory minister Mr Hamilton and his wife in a flat in Ilford, Essex.
She claimed she had been lured to the flat by 62-year-old Barry Lehaney, who she said had told her he was the Hamiltons’ chauffeur.
But Milroy-Sloan, who had a criminal record, had never met the couple and invented the story to make money.
Two days before the alleged attack, she went to see publicist Max Clifford with a story about the Hamiltons being involved in a vice ring and a tax scam.
Today, Judge Simon Smith granted Milroy-Sloan conditional bail to appear at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court, London, on June 13 for sentencing.
He told her that the granting of bail was “no indication that I am thinking of any sentence other than a substantial period of custody for this”.
Milroy-Sloan, formerly of Grimsby and now living at an undisclosed address, hugged her third husband Terry as she was released from the dock.