Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

'Sex act' UK millionaires charged

The British couple arrested in a Florida nightclub have vowed to fight the charges against them
The British couple arrested in a Florida nightclub have vowed to fight the charges against them

A multimillionaire British couple have vowed to fight charges against them after they were arrested in a US nightclub following an alleged sex act.

Entrepreneurs Chris and Mary Gorman were arrested by police in Orlando, Florida, after a member of staff at the city's Roxy venue found two men and a woman in the men's toilets.

The couple, who live in Renfrewshire and are thought to be worth more than £40 million, do not face indecency charges.

Mrs Gorman is charged with possessing cocaine and is accused of lashing out at a police officer after she was allegedly discovered in the toilet with her husband and another man.

Her husband is accused of obstructing a police officer as his wife was being arrested on August 13. The pair, who have four children, could face court proceedings at a later date.

In a statement the couple denied the allegations and said they were in a "horrendous" situation.

They said: "We are obviously horrified by this as, although the arrest did happen, we firmly do not believe that we have done anything to merit the charges or treatment we received.

"We totally refute all the charges and have appointed an attorney in Orlando who fully expects a successful resolution in due course.

"This is an already horrendous situation for us and our children, so anything that can be done to limit this would be very much appreciated."

Mr Gorman, originally from Hartlepool, made his millions in technology companies such as mobile phone retailer DX Communications and internet services firm Reality Group. Mrs Gorman describes herself as a "creative entrepreneur" with business interests in technology, music, beauty and the creative industries.

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