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Saturday 29 April 2017

Wife of ex-Sky presenter Richard Keys brands him 'pathological liar' amid claims of continued affair with younger woman

Happier times: Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys with his wife Julia and daughter Jemma Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images
Happier times: Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys with his wife Julia and daughter Jemma Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images

Patrick Sawer

The wife of sports presenter Richard Keys has branded him a “pathological liar” after it was claimed that he has continued his affair with a woman 32-years his junior.

Mr Keys, (59), had last year pressured his wife Julia, into saying his affair with Lucie Rose, a 27-year-old lawyer and friend of his daughter Jemma, had never taken place.

But it has now emerged that he spent two nights with Miss Rose at a five-star hotel in West London last week, where the couple were photographed arm in arm.

After being shown photographs of the pair at the Hyatt Regency Hotel London - The Churchill, where they shared a meal at the hotel’s restaurant The Montagu, Julia Keys said: “‘I am utterly stunned. Last year he bullied me into making a public statement saying the affair did not take place.

“I did it for the sake of our family even though I knew he had been carrying on with her. After that he apologised and bought me roses and a teddy in an attempt to patch our marriage up.”

Mr Keys left Sky Sports in disgrace after making a series of sexist remarks to fellow presenter Jamie Redknap about one of his former girlfriends and female match officials Sian Massey.

Lucie Rose is thought to have been introduced to Richard Keys by a mutual acquaintance on the expat social circuit in Doha
Lucie Rose is thought to have been introduced to Richard Keys by a mutual acquaintance on the expat social circuit in Doha

He went on to land a £420,000 a year tax free TV presenting job in Qatar, from where he flew to London on Tuesday morning.

Mrs Keys, who was not told by her husband that he was staying at the £400 a night hotel, told the Daily Mail: “He promised me that he would not see Lucie again. And this week he sent me texts saying he was categorically not with her and had no feelings for her any more. The irony is that when they were together in that hotel this week, I received a “love heart” in a text and a message which said, ‘I love you,’ from Richard. He wrote, ‘Please let me come home, I love you, I can’t live without you.’ He is a pathological liar.”

Mrs Keys, (57), who suffers from a rare thyroid cancer, filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery last summer at a British court.

When she then discovered that he was still seeing Miss Rose - despite travelling to Doha, where he works, in an attempt to patch up their marriage in the autumn - she arranged for her lawyers to send divorce papers to both of them again.

Happier times: Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys with his wife Julia and daughter Jemma Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images
Happier times: Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys with his wife Julia and daughter Jemma Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images

Mrs Keys, a psychotherapist, said: ‘When someone, after 34 years of marriage, can do this to his wife and still plead for her to take him back, it really does beggar belief as to who this man is because I don’t know him. I really don’t know who he is.’

Mrs Keys said her husband, with whom she has two children, had “completely run out of chances” and she would press ahead with the divorce.

When approached Mr Keys said: "It won't surprise you to hear I have nothing to say."

Miss Rose also refused to comment.

Telegraph.co.uk

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