Former king of Spain’s ex-lover accuses him of harassment

Former king of Spain’s ex-lover accuses him of harassment
Juan Carlos left Spain last August to take up residence, at least temporarily, in the United Arab Emirates (John Walton/PA)

The former lover of Spain’s King Emeritus Juan Carlos has filed a lawsuit with a British court accusing him of spying on her.

The development is the latest twist in a financial scandal plaguing the ex-monarch.

The public relations firm representing Corinna Larsen, a Danish-German businesswoman linked to Spain’s former king, confirmed on Wednesday that she had asked a London court for a restraining order against Juan Carlos and compensation for damages for his alleged harassment.

The former king’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but he has repeatedly defended Juan Carlos’s innocence during the ongoing financial scandal that prompted the suspicions of investigators in Switzerland and Spain.

2014 The year Juan Carlos abdicated to his son Felipe VI

Swiss prosecutors are looking at the transfer of several million euros given to Juan Carlos by Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah.

The former Spanish monarch later transferred a part of that sum to Ms Larsen, who reportedly lives in London, in what investigators suspect was an attempt to hide it from authorities.

It appears that Ms Larsen’s reluctance to return the money to Juan Carlos is the cause of their current animosity.

Juan Carlos, 83, abdicated to his son, Felipe VI, in 2014. Since then, his reputation as a leader of Spain’s democratic transition following the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco has been tarnished by this and other scandals.

He left Spain last August to take up residence, at least temporarily, in the United Arab Emirates after Spanish investigators opened an inquiry into whether he had received kickbacks for a contract that Saudi Arabia had awarded a Spanish consortium.

More in this section

IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox