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US arrested tycoon to avoid trial

A British multi-millionaire entrepreneur arrested in a US nightclub has accepted an offer to carry out community service instead of going on trial.

Mary Gorman, wife of former Gadget Shop chairman Chris Gorman, was accused of possessing cocaine and lashing out at a police officer following an incident in the toilets of a Florida nightclub on August 13 last year.

The couple, who live in Renfrewshire, were arrested by police in Orlando after a member of staff at the city's Roxy venue allegedly found them and another man in the men's toilets.

It was reported at the time that police alleged Mrs Gorman and the other man had been involved in a sex act, but it did not form part of the final charge.

Her lawyer, Mark Horwitz, said the reporting of sexual activity was "incorrect and totally wrong".

He said: "I believe the basis for the sensational reporting of sexual activity is the arrest affidavit filed in this case.

"In a statement given to me and the prosecutor in this case, the arresting officer stated that the references in his affidavit concerning sexual activity are incorrect and not true.

"In fact, he never saw Mrs Gorman participating in any sex act, nor did he see any sexual organs exposed as related in the arrest affidavit."

Mr Horwitz said Mrs Gorman had agreed to a "pretrial diversion" offer from the State Attorney's Office.

It means that, on completion of her community payback, the case against her will be dismissed and she will not have to stand trial.

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