Friday 31 October 2014

Millionaire is accused of keeping an illicit 'harem'

Gerard Couzens

Published 14/05/2014 | 02:30

Shoja Shojai (56) admitted two former girlfriends and his wife were among women police took away from his Costa del Sol home
Shoja Shojai (56) admitted two former girlfriends and his wife were among women police took away from his Costa del Sol home

A British multi-millionaire accused of keeping a harem of lovers against their will insisted he had been framed as part of an elaborate robbery ruse.

Oil tycoon Shoja Shojai (56) admitted two former girlfriends and his wife were among women police took away from his Costa del Sol home – and claimed he fathered two children.

But he dismissed claims he had slept with all nine of the young females accusing him of duping them into staying against their will, or that he was father to their seven children.

Mr Shojai insisted one of his ex-lovers lied about him assaulting her and that his luxury Marbella mansion was emptied of millions of pounds worth of clothes, Persian rugs and jewellery while he was in custody.

Mr Shojai, who was born in Iran, said: "The idea I had a harem is madness. I have slept with three of my female accusers including my wife but I've been seeking a divorce from her for many years and my sexual relationship with the other two women was over long before my arrest.

"The other women were simply friends of theirs who worked with them in the fashion business. They had their own homes and came and went from my house when they wanted.

"The claim I was holding them here against their will is ludicrous."

Speaking from the living room of his rented £6,500-a-month home (€7,982), he claimed: "My house was robbed while I was in the police station answering the domestic violence allegations made against me."

Mr Shojai has been released from custody and is back at his 10-bed mansion with his staff who are standing by him. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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