THE owner of 'Loaded' magazine kept a harem of more than a dozen women known as his "Hunny Bunnies" and showered them with gifts in return for sex, a court has heard.
The private life of Paul Baxendale-Walker, a former barrister turned porn star, was exposed as he become embroiled in a court battle with an ex-stripper who is fighting to keep the flat and Range Rover he gave her when they were lovers.
The 49-year-old admits that he gives women in his "girlfriends club" the lifestyle they desire and "withdraws the benefits" when he is "no longer satisfied".
Natasha Eustace (25) is taking him to court claiming that she was more than just a member of his harem and therefore entitled to keep a £300,000 (€354,000) flat in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, and the car he bought her.
At the High Court yesterday, a judge refused to throw out her claim before trial.
In a submission described as "less than gallant" in court, Mr Baxendale-Walker argued: "She was never anything more than a TV stripper and glamour model, who provided sex and occasional companionship in exchange for a comfortable and conditional standard of living, which I procured for her.
"She is only one of more than a dozen girls for whom I procure the provision of housing, cars and other benefits. The provision is always conditional on my satisfaction with the relationship."
He asked the judge to rule in his favour because the case was "driven" by an "unemployed sex-worker, former model and former temporary member of my girlfriends club" who had decided to "make up a silly story" to get a house.
Ms Eustace said the pair were lovers from 2010 until earlier this year and, despite the occasional argument, it was a "long-term and faithful relationship".
Mr Justice Males ruled in Ms Eustace's favour after reading emails in which Mr Baxendale-Walker claimed he was "deeply in love".
The application for a summary judgment was rejected on the grounds that Ms Eustace had a realistic prospect of making a case at a subsequent trial. (© Daily Telegraph, London)