American businesswoman and ex-model Jennifer Arcuri (right) told friends she was having a sexual affair with Boris Johnson, it has been claimed
American model Jennifer Arcuri 'told friends she was having a sexual affair with Boris Johnson': Fresh claims emerge about Prime Minister's close relationship with entrepreneur amid police investigation into his conduct
- US journalist David Enrich said he spoke to friends who confirmed the affair
- Conservative activist also said Ms Arcuri spoke of relationship in 2015 election
- PM is dogged by allegations he provided benefits to her company as Mayor
David Enrich, the financial editor of the New York Times, said that Ms Arcuri had confided to close university peers she was sleeping with Mr Johnson.
He said: 'Two friends from her business class said they had been told by Arcuri that she was sleeping with Boris.'
In 2013, Mr Enrich spoke to the businesswoman and several of her tight-knit friendship group for an article he was writing.
Referring to notes which he has kept from those conversations, he alleges that Ms Arcuri said that Mr Johnson warned her to steer clear of speaking to the press.
And Mr Enrich said that her classmates at London's Hult International Business School repeatedly stated that the entrepreneur had confided to them of her affair with Mr Johnson.
His account was said by the Sunday Times to corroborate that of other sources who had spoken to Ms Arcuri.
His reports are backed up by the account of a Conservative Party activist who alleges that Ms Arcuri told him during the 2015 general election campaign of her sexual relationship with the now Premier.
'She told me they were sleeping together,' said this grassroots campaigner, who also claimed that the ex-model would not deny the affair when pressed.
These fresh revelations of the prime minister's links to Ms Arcuri came on the eve of his party conference where he will hope to shake off a tough week in Westminster.
He arrived in Manchester with girlfriend Carrie Symonds on Saturday evening, exuding an air or calm as the couple linked arms.
But these latest claims heap pressure on the embattled Tory leader who is staring down the barrel of four investigations into his links with Ms Arcuri.
The Greater London Authority (GLA) said its monitoring officer had recorded a 'conduct matter' against Mr Johnson over allegations Ms Arcuri received favourable treatment because of her friendship with him while he was Mayor of London.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) will now consider whether there are grounds to investigate the Prime Minister for the criminal offence of misconduct in public office.
A Downing Street spokesperson refused MailOnline's request for comment.
The GLA statement, denounced by Downing Street as a "nakedly political put-up job" on the eve of the Tory Party conference, came after details of Ms Arcuri's links to Mr Johnson were first highlighted in the Sunday Times last week.
The newspaper reported that Ms Arcuri was given £126,000 in public money and privileged access to three foreign trade missions led by Mr Johnson while he was mayor.
Mr Johnson has consistently denied any wrongdoing in relation to his links with Ms Arcuri.
The latest allegations of infidelity follow a string of well-publicised stories involving Mr Johnson's private life, some of which plagued his 25-year marriage to second wife Marina Wheeler.
In 2004 he was sacked from the Tory frontbench over a reported affair with journalist and colleague at the Spectator Petronella Wyatt.
He described claims about the relationship as 'an inverted pyramid of piffle' at the time.
Affair claims reared their head again in 2006 when it was reported that the married father-of-four had been romancing Anna Fazackerley of the Times Higher Education Supplement.
The Appeal Court ruled in 2013 that the public had a right to know that he had fathered a daughter during another adulterous liaison with another woman, Helen Macintyre, while mayor of London in 2009.
Despite surviving years of turmoil, Mr Johnson and his lawyer wife separated and began divorce proceedings in 2018 and he is now living at Downing Street with former Tory Party worker Carrie Symonds, 31.
Last night, journalist Charlotte Edwardes accused the Prime Minister of squeezing her thigh at a private lunch when in 1999 when he was editor of the Spectator.
She wrote: 'Under the table I feel Johnson's hand on my thigh.
'He gives it a squeeze. His hand is high up my leg and he has enough flesh beneath his fingers to make me sit suddenly upright.'
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