THE French model at the centre of claims surrounding England captain John Terry’s alleged affair has been offered £250,000 (€286,000) to tell her side of the story, publicist Max Clifford confirmed yesterday.
Underwear model Vanessa Perroncel, the ex-partner of Terry’s England and former Chelsea teammate Wayne Bridge, is at the heart of a media bidding war.
Clifford said he was in discussions with at least six media outlets all bidding for her take on the events. A final decision on whether she will sell her story is yet to be made, but Clifford said the bidding offers could rise beyond the £250,000 mark. He said: “The £250,000 offer is just the latest bid. I am in negotiations on her behalf.”
Perroncel was at Clifford’s home yesterday, where she was being updated on the latest media offers.
The publicist told Sky News: “It’s a story that everyone’s talking about and it’s a story that obviously all the papers and the television networks are very, very keen to get to the bottom of and find out what the truth is.”
Perroncel, the mother of Bridge’s child and Terry’s neighbour in the Surrey village of Oxshott, is reported to have had an abortion after becoming pregnant by the England captain.
Clifford said: “She basically said ‘What do I do? Journalists are knocking down my door, I’ve got people running round taking photos everywhere I go, I never sought this, I never asked for this, and I’ve never spoken to anybody’.
“I went through what could happen, the various permutations if she talked to the media, if she doesn’t talk to the media. And obviously that’s what she’s thinking about and deciding what she wants to do in the next day or so.”
Clifford said Perroncel had first to consider the welfare of her four-year-old son before she made a decision.
“Obviously she’s just overwhelmed by what has happened,” he said. “She has never spoken to a single journalist and she’s all over all the papers with all kinds of allegations, some of which she said were true and some of which she said aren’t true.”
Asked whether there was any truth behind the alleged affair, he replied: “All I’m prepared to say is that she’s known John a long time and obviously I think during that time they’ve become very close friends but anything more than that, I wouldn’t want to say at this particular stage.
“It’s really for her to decide what she wants to do.”
Clifford said: “The News of the World was full of allegations about other girls that supposedly had affairs – or allegedly had affairs – with John, it’s something which is obviously dominating the media at the moment and because it’s such an important time, not just for John but also for England with the World Cup just a few months away.”
It has been reported Terry’s wife, Toni, has fled to Dubai with their twin children and that she now wants a divorce.
Meanwhile it is understood England boss Fabio Capello will have the final say on whether Terry can continue to lead the national team and is expected to give his verdict well in advance of England’s next match.
The FA has so far refused to comment but Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said he would ask the governing body to explain its position on Terry, who failed with a High Court injunction to stop newspapers reporting the claims he had an affair with Perroncel.
Sutcliffe said if the allegations were proven they called into question Terry’s role as England captain.
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