…By Henry George for TDPel Media.
In a high-profile legal battle taking place in London, Danish businesswoman Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, an ex-lover of former Spanish king Juan Carlos, has accused him of engaging in a “sinister” campaign and inflicting great mental pain upon her.
Seeking damages exceeding £126 million, she claims that the impact of his actions on her life has been catastrophic.
The case is being heard by Mrs Justice Collins Rice at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
Allegations and Denials:
Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn alleges that Juan Carlos, who abdicated in 2014, harassed her, causing significant emotional distress.
However, Juan Carlos denies these allegations of harassment, leading to a dispute that is being examined in court.
Lawyers representing Juan Carlos have requested the dismissal of Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn’s claim, while she argues that the case should continue.
The Sinister Campaign:
During the proceedings, Jonathan Caplan KC, the leading barrister on Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn’s legal team, presented evidence suggesting that Juan Carlos initiated a sinister campaign to control her.
In a written witness statement, she described him as “exceptionally ruthless” and detailed the catastrophic impact on her life.
Mr. Caplan argued that a trial was inevitable, emphasizing the substantial factual issues between the parties that required the presentation of evidence.
Representing Juan Carlos, barrister Adam Wolanski KC asserted that Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn’s case had no realistic chance of success.
He claimed that the evidence did not support a viable case and that Juan Carlos vehemently denied ever harassing her.
The two sides presented their arguments before the judge, who will determine the validity of the claims.
Jurisdiction and Appeal:
Previous hearings in the case were overseen by various judges.
These hearings provided background information on Juan Carlos’s reign, which lasted from 1975 until his abdication in 2014, and his succession by his son, King Felipe VI.
Ms. Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, who is Danish and resided in Monaco from 2008 to 2019, has homes in London and Shropshire.
Adam Wolanski requested that Mrs. Justice Collins Rice rule that certain allegations fall outside the jurisdiction of English courts.
It is worth noting that Juan Carlos won the last round of the case when the Court of Appeal concluded that pre-abdication conduct falls outside the jurisdiction of English courts.
However, claims regarding Juan Carlos’s behavior after his abdication are not affected by this ruling.
The ongoing legal battle between Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and Juan Carlos centers on allegations of harassment and the subsequent impact on her life.
With the judge considering the arguments presented by both sides, the case is expected to conclude later this week.
The outcome will determine whether the claims have merit and whether damages will be awarded to Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn.
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