The ‘electrifying’ moment Boris Johnson first met Jennifer Arcuri

The ‘electrifying’ moment Boris Johnson first met Jennifer Arcuri


A picture of the ‘electrifying’ first encounter between Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri has been revealed as the American businesswoman said she never wanted to be the girl that ‘showed up, sh***ed him and left’ Ms Arcuri has this week said she shared a ‘very close bond’ with the prime minister – but denied that the £126,000 of public funds she was awarded had anything to do with their friendship  The image of their first meeting was taken at a gathering of venture capitalists in central London while Mr Johnson was Mayor in October 2011   The moment the US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri (front second right) first met Boris Johnson at a gathering of venture capitalists in a central London in October 2011The event was marked in Mr Johnson’s diary as a five-minute speech at the Landmark Hotel, Marylebone, the Guardian reported  Speaking of the first meeting with Mr Johnson, Ms Arcuri told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: ‘I turned around and there’s this guy that walks in the room with his hair all disheveled and his shirt’s untucked and papers that looked like something I pulled out of my pre-schooler’s backpack  ‘And he comes across the room and he proceeds to speak. And suddenly he turns the entire room of grovelling, curmudgeoned, angry men into howling schoolgirls ‘She added: ‘It was just electrifying to see that kind of personality, change the complete energy of the room So that’s when I was like, ”who is this guy? I gotta go say hi”. ‘And I walked right over and I said, Mr Johnson, my name is Jennifer Arcuri I would really love it if you’d come speak at my venture capital event.’ Mr Johnson was given until Monday to explain why he wants to keep secret the details of his relationship with entrepreneur Ms Arcuri   Jennifer Arcuri and Boris Johnson (pictured in 2014). The Prime Minister signed off some £126,000 to the former model and businesswoman during his tenure as Mayor of London RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Boris was my Henry VIII – and I was his Anne Boleyn: Boris Johnson has until Monday to explain why he wants to. Boris Johnson finally breaks his silence on ‘tech friend’ Share this article Share The Prime Minister this week handed over to the London Assembly an explanation of his links to the blonde former model, 34 But the former mayor of London, 55, provoked fury by marking his answers ‘private’ and ‘not for publication’ The assembly demanded to know the reasons.  Labour’s Len Duvall, chairman of the assembly’s oversight committee, wrote to the PM warning he had ‘not provided the information requested’ and gave him the Monday deadline Mr Johnson has denied any impropriety in his role but has repeatedly failed to deny having sex with the businesswoman, who told the Mail this week that Mr Johnson was her Henry VIII – and she was his Anne Boleyn ‘Anne Boleyn made Henry VIII literally crazy for six years because she wouldn’t give him her virtue,’ Ms Arcuri said ‘She never gave away too much of herself because she knew that if she did, what happened to her sister would happen to her ’  The revelation comes as lawyers for Mr Johnson have tried to get out of assisting an official inquiry into his links with Ms Arcuri – by claiming it has no right to question him (pictured: Ms Arcuri in the Back Boris 2012 campaign)  Ms Arcuri says that any grants given to her firm were ‘above board’ (pictured: Miss Arcuri in a July 2013 photoshoot) The Californian added that the ‘last thing’ she wanted to be was ‘the girl that showed up, sh***ed him and left’, insisting that she was the one who brought the axe down on their ‘unique connection’   Johnson spoke at four events run by Innotech, Ms Arcuri’s start-up company – and the pair visited Kuala Lumpur, New York and Tel Aviv on three EU-funded trade missions     The revelation comes as lawyers for Mr Johnson have tried to get out of assisting an official inquiry into his links with Ms Arcuri – by claiming it has no right to question him The Prime Minister’s law firm Atkins Thomson have written a letter to the chairman of the Greater London Authority (GLA) oversight committee Len Duvall after the body requested ‘extensive’ details of Mr Johnson’s relationship with the 34-year-old The letter adds: ‘It appears to us the GLA oversight committee may be exceeding their remit or overstepping the mark by requiring information of our client ‘ The GLA committee wrote to Mr Johnson over claims that as London mayor he ‘failed to declare a potential conflict of interest in relation to the awarding of public funds’ to Miss Arcuri And the body requested ‘details and a timeline of all contact with Jennifer Arcuri during your period of office as Mayor of London, including personal, social and professional’ It came as Miss Arcuri gave an exclusive interview to the Mail in which she referred to herself as ‘Boris’s Anne Boleyn’, describing how the second wife of Henry VIII had refused to ‘give him her virtue’  Jennifer Arcuri meets Boris Johnson at Excel World Islamic Economic Forum, London, October 2013 Mr Johnson this week responded by sending material to the committee – but marked it ‘private and confidential’ and ‘Not for publication’ Mr Duvall of the GLA committee has already written to him demanding to know why he marked the information as secret Mr Johnson has consistently denied any impropriety – but has singularly failed to deny having an affair with Miss Arcuri Miss Arcuri also says that any grants given to her firm were ‘above board’.The letter from Mr Johnson’s lawyers, sent this week and leaked to the Huffington Post, said their client ‘intends to fully cooperate with the Director General of the Independent Office for Police Conduct in its separate inquiry into the PM’s links to Arcuri ‘ 

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