Boris Johnson will not face criminal action over relationship with U.S. businesswoman: Report

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be prosecuted after allegations of misconduct regarding his relationship with American tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri, the Daily mirror the newspaper reported Thursday.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct launched an investigation in September following a newspaper report that Johnson, while mayor of London, had not made public his personal connections to Arcuri, which received thousands of pounds in government funding and places for official trade travel.

Johnson denied any wrongdoing and said everything was done properly and there was no interest in explaining.

The IOPC, the British police watchdog, would report its findings later on Thursday, but the Spiegel, citing unnamed sources, said on its website it was expected to recommend that no criminal investigation should be conducted.

The matter was referred to the watchdog because during his 2008-2016 tenure as Johnson, Mayor was the head of the mayor’s office for police and crime, a role equivalent to a police commissioner.

The Greater London Authority said she had warned the IOPC that Innotech, Arcuri’s company at the time, had received £ 11,500 ($ 14,073) from London & Partners, the mayor’s promotion agency, for two events in 2013 and 2014.

She visited a trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia in 2014 through Playbox, one of her companies, although an initial request through Innotech was declined.

Last October, the government’s Internal Audit Agency decided that a decision to award a £ 100,000 grant to an Arcuri-run company was appropriate.

Arcuri gave a number of TV interviews after the allegations came to light, saying that she and Johnson had had a ‘very special relationship’ because they were tied to classical literature but said he never had any kindness to her shown.

She repeatedly declined to say whether she had an affair with Johnson, but denounced him, saying that he had put her aside as “some gremlin” after the reports surfaced.

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