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Banker, 42, hits back at Tory peer Michelle Mone in 'racism' storm

Tory peer and ex-bra tycoon Michelle Mone has been accused of lying to defend herself in a racism row in which she reportedly told a half-Indian man he was a ‘waste of a man’s white skin’.

The entrepreneur, dubbed ‘Baroness Bra’, has denied being a racist, insisting that she thought the man, Richard Lynton-Jones, a former friend, was ‘100 per cent white British’.

But Mr Lynton Jones, 42, a private banker who lives in Monaco, has now expressed astonishment at her claims – and insists she not only knew of his Indian heritage but had even touched metal plates implanted in his face following a violent racist attack.

‘She has lied through her back teeth,’ he told The Mail on Sunday last night. ‘She knows very clearly I’m half-Indian. She knew I was racially attacked in Majorca in 2007 – I was beaten to a pulp.

Tory peer and ex-bra tycoon Michelle Mone (pictured) has been accused of lying to defend herself in a racism row in which she reportedly told a half-Indian man he was a ‘waste of a man’s white skin’

‘I’m not some random acquaintance – I was good friends with her husband, Doug Barrowman. We’d met probably 50 times and I’ve been to their home on the Isle of Man.’

Mone’s lawyers say the Baroness believed Mr Lynton-Jones had ‘no trace whatsoever of non-white colouring or any features’ that would not suggest he was white.

But family photographs supplied to this newspaper ‘clearly’ demonstrate his heritage, he says.

Mr Lynton-Jones, who has an English father but whose Indian grandparents settled in the UK after the Second World War, has complained to the Met Police and House of Lords commissioner for standards.

The message was sent in June 2019 following a fatal yacht crash off Monaco. A deckhand on Mone and Barrowman’s yacht, 27-year-old Jake Feldwhere, was killed when another boat carrying friends, including Mr Lynton-Jones and his then-fiancee, hit the bow.

Mr Lynton-Jones says Mone wrongly believed he was piloting the second boat, and accused him and his partner of ‘partying’ after the crash. Both are untrue, he says.

But Mr Lynton Jones (pictured), 42, a private banker who lives in Monaco, has now expressed astonishment at her claims – and insists she not only knew of his Indian heritage but had even touched metal plates implanted in his face following a violent racist attack

Screenshots appear to show the Baroness describing Mr Lynton-Jones as ‘a low life, a waste of a mans white skin’ [sic] and adds his fiancee was a ‘mental loony’ and a ‘nut case bird’.

The commissioner said he is unable to investigate the complaint because the messages complained of were not sent in the course of her parliamentary duties.

However, police are understood to be investigating the messages.

Mone’s representatives said she ‘strongly denies she is a racist, a sexist or has a lack of respect for those persons genuinely suffering with mental health difficulties’.