Petra Ecclestone’s ex-husband James Stunt appears in court charged as part of ‘Britain’s biggest money laundering case’
- West Yorkshire Police investigated James Stunt for alleged money laundering
- The 39-year-old socialite has appeared this morning at Leeds Crown Court
- Stunt had earlier denied the allegations in a statement to fans on Instagram
Socialite James Stunt is appearing in court today having been charged with money-laundering.
The 39-year-old business man arrived this morning at Leeds Crown Court wearing a three-piece suit and pulling a wheeled suitcase.
The defendant married Petra Ecclestone, daughter of F1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone, in Italy in 2011.
James Stunt, pictured this morning appearing at Leeds Crown Court where he is on trial accused of money laundering
Stunt, pictured, who is Bernie Ecclestone’s former son-in-law, has been charged with money laundering and forgery
The businessman had earlier said he intends contesting both charges at Leeds Crown Court
Stunt, pictured right, had three children with Pera Ecclestone, left. The couple, pictured at the Serpentine Gallery in July 2010 divorced in 2017 following six year’s of marriage
They had three children together – a daughter followed by twin boys – but divorced in 2017 following six years of marriage.
Earlier, a Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said: ‘The CPS has made a decision to charge James Stunt with offences of money laundering contrary to section 327 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and forgery contrary to section one of Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981, following an investigation by West Yorkshire Police.’
Stunt has strenuously denied the claims ahead of today’s hearing.
His legal team, commenting in May 2000 said: ‘Our client denies any criminality and will be contesting the charges.’
Stunt later told his 90,000 followers on Instagram: ‘So what’s the headline? “A man they have arrested got charged with money laundering”? I will be tendering a defence.
‘I hope this goes to trial and you can explain how James Stunt, the biggest clueless guy ever, is not a money launderer.
‘I have to now prove my innocence, and I won’t just use my photographic memory.
‘James Stunt is prosecuted for money laundering – this is the biggest miscarriage of justice.’