A FORMER employee of Boris Johnson has said she was ‘shocked’ he invited Jennifer Arcuri on a taxpayer-funded trade trip to Israel.
The ex-aide, who worked at City Hall when Mr Johnson was mayor of London, told Sky News: ‘I got to Tel Aviv and was sitting in the hotel bar with delegates when I saw Jennifer Arcuri walk in.
‘I turned to the person organising the trip and asked, “What’s she doing here?” Apparently, the mayor asked for her to be involved.’
Mr Johnson is facing a potential police investigation into allegations he abused his position and did favours for the US entrepreneur while mayor but denies any wrongdoing.
Former model Ms Arcuri spoke publicly for the first time about the row yesterday, telling the Daily Mail: ‘This is an orchestrated attack on me, absolutely. I’m being used as collateral. I had every right to be on those trips as a legitimate businesswoman and stand by everything that happened because these allegations are completely false.’