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Former King of Spain wins latest stage in harassment lawsuit


LONDON –

The former king of Spain, Juan Carlos I, on Tuesday won the latest phase of a court battle in London with his former lover, who has accused him of harassment after they split.

Danish entrepreneur and socialite Corinna Larsen, 57, has been Juan Carlos’s unofficial partner for many years. She sued the former monarch, alleging that he caused her “great emotional pain” by stalking and harassing her after their relationship ended.

Juan Carlos, 84, denies wrongdoing and denies the allegations.

A UK Supreme Court judge ruled earlier this year that Larsen’s claims could be considered at a trial in the UK. But Juan Carlos won an appeal on Tuesday when three appeals court judges concluded that the alleged harassment took place before Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 and is “immune to the jurisdiction of the court”. this country.”

Larsen sued the former monarch in 2020, accusing him of allegedly orchestrating threats and ordering illegal secret and public surveillance.

She wants damages resulting from “an ongoing and ongoing harassment campaign” against her that allegedly began in 2012 after they split.

Larsen’s lawyers said the alleged conduct “includes (the former monarch) or his agents smearing (Larsen) and her business in the media, spying on her, and stalking her) her, entered her home in Shropshire (England) and eavesdropped on her home and electronic devices.”

One of the attorneys, Michael Kim, said Tuesday’s ruling did not end the case. He said the majority of her claim, from 2014, “remains unaffected and should proceed to trial.”

Juan Carlos was once one of the most respected figures of the Spanish public for his role in bringing the country back to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. , scandals involving the Spanish royal family began to increase during the last years of his reign, making Juan Carlos the leader. abdicated in 2014 to make way for his son King Felipe VI.

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