Family of American businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri rejects claims that she had an affair with the then mayor of London
Jennifer Arcuri's stepfather, John Jendrezejewski (above), has defended friendship with Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson did not have an affair with a pole dancing ex-model whose company won thousands of public grants, her family insisted today – as they told friends: & He sponsored her. He didn't sew her. & # 39;
The prime minister has been accused of a potential conflict of interest while the mayor of London as technology entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri received four government grants and accompanied him on three overseas trade missions.
Johnson, 55, was a & # 39; regular visitor & # 39; from the London apartment of the glamorous blonde, whom the politician described as & # 39; one of her best friends & # 39 ;.
But Mrs. Arcuri's parents say their daughter has denied claims of impropriety in her friendship with Johnson.
Speaking from their home in Louisville, Kentucky, her mother Christine, 61 and stepfather John Jendrezejewski, 71, told DailyMail.com: “She is doing well. She was upset and stressed and sent us a text to let us know that it just isn't true.
& # 39; But we already knew that. She is smart and strong and she is a businesswoman. & # 39;
Miss Arcuri (photo) became friends with the then mayor of London in 2013 when she lived in London with Mr Johnson who became a regular visitor to her apartment in the capital
Mrs. Arcuri, a former model, founded a technology company that received four grants totaling £ 126,000 from the UK government and accompanied Mr. Johnson on three trips abroad
Johnson claims six-figure amounts for speaking engagements, but agreed to talk at various technology events organized by Miss Arcuri (in the photo in 2013) to elicit speculation about the nature of their friendship
Johnson refused to answer questions about this relationship with Arcuri yesterday – he only insisted that money that was distributed while he was mayor, with & # 39; extreme decency & # 39; Was rewarded.
Miss Arcuri received more than £ 26,000 in public money for her technology companies and today a fourth grant can be revealed.
One of its companies, Innotech, shared a £ 12,447 City Hall award to various companies to help them fund a trade mission to South Africa in 2013.
The husband of Arcuri, Matthew Hickey, with whom she has a young daughter, said that the cyber security company that he has with Arcuri & # 39; Hacker House & # 39; had not yet received the full subsidy from the British government.
He also accused rumors of every affair and threw them as & # 39; unfounded & # 39 ;.
And a close friend of Arcuri told DailyMail.com that describing her as an & # 39; ex-model & # 39; & # 39; bull *** t & # 39; is.
& # 39; It's nonsense. We have no idea where that comes from. Jennifer was never a model, & the source said.
& # 39; She did a little modeling school when she was in high school, but she was never signed and worked as a model.
& # 39; She was an actress for a while and nowadays she is a speaker, so that really helped when she was on stage. She's a smart girl. & # 39;
Photos of a smiling Arcuri pole dancing coquettish in the farmer's blouse of a beer and the tiny gingham skirt may not do much to its image of a profound businesswoman, but the University of Wisconsin graduate received an MBA from New York & # 39; s Pace University, Lubin School of Business, in 2008.
In 2011, after four years of working in a sushi restaurant in Morro Bay, California, the then 26-year-old decided to go back to school and earned a global MBA from the Hult International Business School in London.
According to the source, after that, she had her international MBA, she wanted to use it and she wanted to use it in the UK. & # 39;
Ms. Arcuri reportedly met Mr. Johnson, about 21 years her senior, when she volunteered for his 2012 re-election campaign and eventually supported her business venture, a source says
Mrs. Arcuri, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, is depicted with a smiling pole dance in the blouse of a beer girl. Allegedly she had installed a dance pole for her £ 2,600 a month
Arcuri reportedly met Mr. Johnson, about 21 years her senior, when she volunteered for his 2012 re-election campaign and according to the source: "He just embraced her as mayor and accepted and supported her."
& # 39; He has sponsored her in her entrepreneurial efforts. He supported her and they became friends. & # 39;
Mr. Johnson's support was indeed the key at Arcuri to acquire the necessary resources to start her Innotech business.
The company that & # 39; the gap between legislation and innovative technology & # 39; wanted to bridge, launched in July 2013 and ten thousand pounds of the money that made the launch possible came from an organization for which Mr. Johnson was responsible.
At the same time, Johnson attended various events that she arranged to promote the company and reportedly became a regular visitor to the apartment of the then 28-year-old American in the East End of London.
Arcuri also received privileged access to three overseas trade missions led by Johnson, despite the fact that her company did not meet the criteria for one of the three trips she attended in one year.
According to the Sunday Times investigation, which exposed Johnson & # 39; s potential conflict of interest, initial decisions rejecting her from two of those missions were annulled after the & # 39; intervention & # 39; by Johnson and his mayor team.
It quoted an internal e-mail that revealed how she participated in a trade mission in New York after discussing the problem with the then mayor of London who was happy that she was participating.
As a mayor, Johnson was required to follow the Greater London Authority Code of Conduct to declare & # 39; all private interests related to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts that protect the public interest & # 39 ;.
Speaking on Monday, the source close to Arcuri rejected the suggestion of any impropriety or preferential treatment during one of her travels with Mr. Johnson.
Although Johnson was mayor of London, Arcuri also had privileged access to three overseas trade missions led by the future prime minister, despite the fact that her company did not meet the criteria for one of the journeys she attended a year after Johnson intervened
Johnson and Mrs. Arcuri share a joke at a technology event organized by the businesswoman
They said: & yes, she traveled with him, but it wasn't like she was sitting next to him on the plane or the bus or whatever. It was not one on one. & # 39;
Arcuri has reinvented California's sushi restaurant in the shifter into the self-proclaimed & cyber security ethic hacker guru & # 39; made plainly dramatic today.
In 2016, she founded Hacker House, which is known as & # 39; ethical hackers & # 39; has to teach students simulations of cyber attacks.
That same year, on Christmas Day, she announced her engagement with Hickey for tweeting her acceptance, along with an image of the substantial solitaire rock on her finger.
In 2017, Arcuri was number 17 in the Top 50 most influential women in ComputerWeekly.com technology
But last year, under the constant patronage of Mr. Johnson, one of its companies last year received another £ 100,000 grant from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMA). It is currently the subject of an investigation.
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