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Jennifer Arcuri says people knew Boris Johnson 'had a crush on me' when he was London mayor

A glamourous American tech entrepreneur who claims to have had an affair with Boris Johnson today said their relationship was far from secret - because he was unable to hide his 'crush' on her.

Jennifer Arcuri was grilled over her close friendship with the then London Mayor by members of the Greater London Assembly today.

She has said they had a four-year relationship while he was in office between 2012 and 2016. At the time she received thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money in grants for her firms.

The GLA is investigating her presence at trade missions carried out to boost business for the capital, which she attended events for.

Appearing online from her home in the United States, Ms Arcuri was asked whether people in Mr Johnson's office were aware of their relationship.

She replied: 'People knew that there was an interest of the mayor in me, that he had somewhat of a crush on me.

'When I went to events, everyone could see the dramatic difference of this man when I entered the room.'

Jennifer Arcuri was grilled over her close friendship with the then London Mayor by members of the Greater London Assembly today.

Appearing online from her home in the United States, Ms Arcuri was asked whether people in Mr Johnson's office were aware of their relationship.

The London Assembly's oversight committee had already been investigating whether the 57-year-old breached the mayoral code of conduct by failing to declare the relationship, or abused his position to benefit his mistress.

The Prime Minister is now facing a City Hall investigation into sensational new claims about their 'four-year affair' when he was mayor of London - and married to Marina Wheeler, mother of four of his children.

Lurid details emerged in March when Miss Arcuri, 36, revealed how on one occasion in 2016 they had sex on a sofa at Mr Johnson’s marital home while his now ex-wife, a QC, was at work.

She even took a selfie in the kitchen of his £3.35million Grade-II townhouse while he was out buying food at the corner shop and told how he said a raunchy photo she sent him was 'enough to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window'. 

The London Assembly's oversight committee had already been investigating whether the 57-year-old breached the mayoral code of conduct by failing to declare the relationship, or abused his position to benefit his mistress. 

In 2019, it emerged that she had been given £126,000 of public money and privileged access to three official overseas trade missions led by him, leading to claims he had abused his position to benefit her. 

Today Ms Arcuri insisted she had not been an official part of the trade mission, but had been given permission to attend events by Will Walden, Mr Johnson's head of communications at the time. 

Jennifer Arcuri has claimed that she and Boris Johnson (together in 2014) had four-year affair where she sent him 'arty' topless pictures - but insists they had an 'intellectual attraction' 

What are the key issues officials are investigating? 

The Greater London Authority probe will examine whether Mr Johnson breached the Nolan Principles of Public Life over his affair with Miss Arcuri. These require officials to behave with 'honesty and integrity'. 

The key lines of inquiry are:

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