King Juan Carlos: Model ‘paid £4.6m for silence on affair’
Three of Spain’s biggest companies paid an alleged lover of former King Juan Carlos £4.6 million to keep evidence of their affair secret, according to the leaked diaries of a disgraced police commissioner.
Repsol, Santander and Telefonica each paid £1.8 million in installments from the late 1990s to the country’s security agency, who then passed the money on to model and Miss World contestant Barbara Rey, the diaries claim.
The money changed hands after José María Aznar, Prime Minister of Spain from 1996 to 2006, met with Repsol boss Ramón Blanco Balín and asked him to transfer the money, assuring him that the other companies would also would pay, according to the diary.
The pages were discovered after Emilio Alonso Manglano, the former head of the Spanish security service, alleged in his memoir that Ms. Rey had videotapes of her and King Carlos together and had received large sums of money to keep them secret.
Ms. Rey, an actress and model, has denied ever receiving any money from Juan Carlos or anyone close to him. None of the companies listed in the agenda responded.
Barbara Rey (left in 1970, right in 1980) is said to have received £4.6 million from Spain’s three largest companies from the late 1990s to keep an affair with then-King Juan Carlos a secret
Juan Carlos (pictured with wife Sofia in 2004) is said to have been filmed in compromising situations with Ms Rey on cameras hidden at her home during the rendezvous.
Juan Carlos, who abdicated in 2014 and now lives in self-imposed exile in Abu Dhabi while facing corruption trials at home, has previously denied all wrongdoing and said he is willing to speak with prosecutors.
The diary entries were allegedly written by José Manuel Villarejo, an undercover agent accused of being a “state repairman” and currently facing dozens of trials.
Spanish newspaper El Periodico claims to have tracked down the pages, dated September 2015, following claims that Rey had “blackmailed” Juan Carlos contained in a recent book by two Spanish journalists and discussed on TV last week.
On September 27, Villarejo is said to have met with Balín – a prominent businessman – in which Balin confessed to the payments.
Juan Carlos is said to have been a serial adulterer, with one author claiming to have up to 5,000 mistresses
Villarejo says Balin told him he was approached by Aznar – a friend from his time as a state finance inspector – and told him he had to make six annual payments from Repsol, an energy and pharmaceutical giant, worth £1.8 million in total. would amount to.
‘[Repsol] gave the money to CESID [the old name for Spain’s security service] and they gave the artist,” El Periodico quotes the diary as saying.
Balin was assured that Telefonica, one of the world’s largest telephone operators, and Santander, one of the world’s largest banks, would make similar payments, according to the diaries.
Though Balin didn’t specify what the payments were for, the diary entry was only tracked down after Alberto Saiz Cortés — head of Spain’s contemporary secret service CNI — accused Rey of “blackmailing” Carlos over an alleged affair.
Cortés spoke about the allegation in the Spanish TV show salvados last week, in which he said the payments could have come “from ‘external donors’ and not directly from public money.”
He also claimed that Rey received preferential treatment for contracts on Valencian TV shows and other publicity in exchange for her silence.
Cortes is also not the only boss of the Spanish secret service to claim that the affair took place, or that Rey was being paid for her silence.
Emilio Alonso Manglano, who ran the service from 1981 to 1995, wrote in his memoir – published in October by two Spanish journalists – that Rey had received large sums of money in exchange for not disclosing her affair with the king.
He also claimed that Rey had videotapes of the couple engaging in sexual acts, which were recorded with three hidden cameras at her home.
‘[There are] hidden cameras in the dining room and two more in the bedroom. You can hear everything,” Manglano recalled to colleagues at the time.
Ms. Rey (left and right in 1974) has admitted to having an affair with a “senior state figure,” but has never publicly referred to Juan Carlos as that man
Juan Carlos’ reign ended in disgrace in 2014 when his affair with Corinna Larson (pictured) went public. He then abdicated in favor of his son, King Felipe
Ms. Rey, now 71, was a model who placed second at Miss Spain 1970, but was offered the chance to compete in Miss World the following year after Spain’s first-place finisher withdrew from the competition.
She played under her original name Maria Garcia and finished in the top 15 behind Brazil’s Lúcia Petterle in first place with Britain’s Marilyn Ann Ward in second.
Her big break came four years later when she was cast in the TV show Palmarés which established her as a sex symbol. She played theater and revenue shows, worked on TV and later starred in erotic films.
In 1980, she married a circus lion tamer, Ángel Cristo, with whom she has two children. The couple divorced in 1998.
It is unclear how she met Juan Carlos or when exactly their alleged affair took place, although it is believed to have been between the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s.
She has never admitted that Juan Carlos, now 83, was her lover – but has confessed to having an affair with a “senior state figure.”
In 1997 her home was broken into and she claims documents, negatives and videotapes were stolen that could endanger ‘important people’.
Juan Carlos I reigned as King of Spain from 1975 to 2014, when he abdicated his son Felipe VI. He has three children with his wife of 75 years Sofia.
The payments allegations are allegedly contained in the diary of Jose Manuel Villarejo, a former police commissioner and alleged state fixer currently on trial.
Juan Carlos (center right) now lives in self-imposed exile in Abu Dhabi with Sofia (far right), after son Felipe (center left) and wife Letizia (far right) took the throne
He is said to have been a serial adulterer, with an author and military historian claiming to have 5,000 lovers in a recent book.
Carlos is said to have passed Princess Diana while on holiday with Charles at his palace in Majorca in 1986 – with the princess once saying he could be “a little too attentive” during meetings.
At a recent trial, Villarejo went so far as to claim that Secret Service agents had injected the king with female hormones to curb his sexual desires.
Danish-German philanthropist Corinna Larsen, Spanish singer Sara Montiel, Belgian governess Liliane Sartiau and Italian princess Maria Gabriela de Saboya are just some of the women allegedly lying in bed next to his wife.
His reign ended in disgrace in 2014 when his relationship with Ms Larson – real name Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein – was made public.
The 83-year-old left Spain for Abu Dhabi after Swiss prosecutors opened an investigation into bank accounts he allegedly held in tax havens.
Juan Carlos denies any wrongdoing and has said he is available if prosecutors want to question him.