BILLIONAIRE Christian Candy bullied his older brother and disliked his pop star sister-in-law Holly Valance, the High Court has heard.
The wife of an entrepreneur in a £132million dispute with the Candy brothers said Valance, 33, had told her that property tycoon Christian, 42, had said of the singer: ‘If she sees me coming she better f*****g cross over on to the other side of the road.’
In her statement, Emma Holyoake, who lives on Ibiza where she said she heard the claims at a party in 2012, said Valance described Christian as ‘rude, aggressive, dishonest and a cruel man’ and alleged his wife, Emily Crompton, had tried to dissuade Nick Candy, 44, from marrying her.
Mrs Holyoake also said she was told Christian spoke to Nick in ‘a disrespectful and aggressive manner’ and, on one occasion, the alleged abuse left his brother weeping ‘in a foetal position on the floor of a hotel room’.
Mrs Holyoake’s husband, Mark, who once shared a house with Nick while at university, has claimed the brothers acted like Bond villains after lending him £12million to finance a property deal.
He has also alleged Christian threatened to destroy his life and ruin his business during a campaign of blackmail and intimidation.
Mr Holyoake claims the tycoon even made threats against his pregnant wife, who had previously suffered a miscarriage. She told the hearing: ‘What kind of human threatens violence against a pregnant woman and her children?’ Mrs Holyoake also told the court she had feared for her husband’s life. ‘There are men in the Candys’ extended circle who have died mysteriously,’ she added.
Mrs Holyoake named property mogul Paul Castle, who leapt to his death in front of a Tube train in 2010; Scot Young, who fell to his death from his fourth floor flat in 2014; and Russian Boris Berezovsky, who was found hanged in his bedroom in 2013.
The brothers deny all of the Holyoakes’ allegations and say the couple have invented the threats in an attempt to extract money from them.
The hearing continues.