A Mail on Sunday journalist approached a barrister and part-time judge investigating whether disgraced former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne had “liaisons with men”, a court has heard.
Constance Briscoe said she had spoken to journalist David Dillon about several potential stories, including claims that economist Vicky Pryce broke off her engagement to Huhne after he apparently confessed he had had liaisons or relationships with other men, Southwark Crown Court heard.
The lawyer, who is charged with trying to pervert the course of justice in connection with the investigation into Huhne’s speeding points scandal, also told police officers during an interview after she was arrested that Dillon had asked her about a story he was pursuing over claims that Huhne had infected Pryce with pubic lice.
But Briscoe denied ever speaking to the journalist about Huhne passing speeding points to his now ex-wife Pryce, the court heard.
Briscoe, 56, denies three counts of intending to pervert the course of public justice.
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She said the other story Dillon was pursuing was claims that Huhne had infected his wife with pubic lice.
“The other contact that he was pursuing – and I’m not quite sure whether I should say this but I am going to, I am going to say it because I’m not having any of this bloody nonsense about me perjuring myself.
“When Chris was in wherever he was a European MEP he had come home and he had infected Vicky with crabs.
“And the explanation that he had given when Vicky had crabs was that he had contracted the crabs from the clean sheets in whatever hotel he was in.”