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Candy: I didn’t use threats to get back £12m

BILLIONAIRE Christian Candy has strongly denied using threats or illegal acts to recover a £12million loan.

Mr Candy (pictured) described himself at the High Court as ‘a hard negotiator when I need to be’ but said the accusations against him were ‘nothing short of preposterous’.

He entered the witness box yesterday to fight a claim by property developer Mark Holyoake for £132million damages.

The claim is against both Christian, 42, and his brother, Nick, 44, who are best known for creating the luxury One Hyde Park apartment complex in Knightsbridge, central London.

Mr Holyoake, 44, alleges he and his family were subjected to a campaign of intimidation and threats against his then pregnant wife, Emma. The brothers deny the claims. The hearing continues.