LONDON (Reuters) – Former Spanish King Juan Carlos asked a London court on Tuesday to dismiss a £126million ($165million) lawsuit by his ex-lover alleging that he was campaigning for harassment after she refused had millions of euros to return for him.
The 85-year-old ex-monarch is being sued by Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, who has accused Juan Carlos of staging threats, surveillance and intimidation since 2012.
Sayn-Wittgenstein says Juan Carlos gave her 65 million euros ($73 million) to hide the money from Spanish tax authorities and she was then harassed by Juan Carlos or people acting on his behalf, when she didn’t want to give it back.
Her lawyers say a book was left in Sayn-Wittgenstein’s Swiss home alleging Princess Diana was killed by British intelligence while she was out, shots were fired at security cameras outside her home and her mobile phone was being monitored.
Juan Carlos “strongly denies ever molesting Sayn-Wittgenstein,” the former monarch’s lawyer Adam Wolanski told London’s High Court on Tuesday.
Wolanski said Sayn-Wittgenstein’s lawsuit should be dismissed out of court because it has no viable claim against Juan Carlos for harassment.
Juan Carlos, once revered for his role in Spain’s transition to democracy, was forced to abdicate in 2014 after a series of scandals including his affair with Sayn-Wittgenstein and is now seen as a burden to his son, King Felipe.
Sayn-Wittgenstein accuses Juan Carlos of “an alleged abuse of power completely at odds with his important role in Spain’s transition to a successful parliamentary democracy,” the former king’s lawyers said in the court filings.
However, Sayn-Wittgenstein’s attorneys argue that Juan Carlos is merely trying to prevent the court ruling on her lawsuit, which was first filed in 2020 and has since been embroiled in disputes over whether Juan Carlos was entitled to immunity.