American tech entrepreneur, Jennifer Arcuri has reportedly admitted having an affair with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson when he was the Mayor of London. Arcuri made the revelation in an interview with Daily Mail.
The relationship between Johnson, 56, came under public scrutiny in 2019 when it was revealed that Arcuri, 33, had benefited from thousands of pounds of public money, including funds from the Mayor of London’s promotional agency.
She was also given coveted places on trade missions to New York and Tel Aviv alongside Johnson, despite failing to meet those trips’ criteria.
However, the Prime Minister avoided a criminal investigation after the police watchdog said they found no evidence that he influenced the payment of thousands of pounds of public money to her or secured her participation in foreign trade trips he led.
Daily Mail however reported that Arcuri admitted having an affair with Mr Johnson while he was with his then-wife Marina Wheeler.
Asked if she had an affair with the Prime Minister while he was with his then-wife Marina Wheeler, Arcuri said: “I think that goes without saying… It’s pretty much out there… But I’m not going to talk about it,” she told the Daily Mail.
The Guardian added that in the interview in Kentucky, where she is currently visiting family, Arcuri also discussed being bombarded by Johnson’s “avalanches of passion.”
“At the time, I cared for him very deeply, but I never used the L-word. I wouldn’t have recognized being in love. I cared very much about this man and I think that’s resolutely clear. That’s all I want to say,” she said.
Jennifer Arcuri, a former model turned tech entrepreneur, began her career as Radio Disney DJ Razzle Dazz at the Walt Disney Company.
She delved into filmmaking and produced and directed short film La Valise in 2008, which was part of the Short Film Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2011, she launched a tech career after moving to the UK. She is the founder of Playbox Ltd, a social network for the video tech industry, Innotech Network and Hacker House.
Arcuri is currently married to Matthew Hickey, the co-director of Hacker House, with whom she had a daughter in 2017.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) decided against a criminal investigation, but its 112-page report did conclude that Johnson should have declared an interest, and that this failure could have amounted to a breach of the Greater London assembly’s code of conduct. Read our previous report through this link