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One of the UK’s wealthiest couples, worth an estimated £45 million ($72 million), have become embroiled in a juicy scandal after being arrested in an unsavory episode in a Florida nightclub. The Telegraph reports that the entrepreneurial Chris Gorman and his wife Mary were arrested over the summer during a trip to Disney World after being caught by police in a more than a compromising position in the men’s bathroom of the swanky club.
Mr Gorman was apparently watching his wife performing a sex act on another man while all three were locked in the same cubical. Mrs Gorman was also reported to have two wraps of cocaine on her.
Apparently the two were unhappy with the invasion of privacy, the Daily Mail reporting that Mrs Gorman lashed out at one of the officers before the arrest. She has been charged with battery and possession of a controlled substance while her husband is charged with “interfering” with a police officer.
The successful couple have been married since 1992, according to their personal website. They made their fortunes through a series of retail ventures including a British shopping chain called the Gadget Shop which sold a variety of innovative (i.e. completely useless) devices before it eventually folded.
They describe themselves as having “A successful partnership that crosses personal boundaries into their business lives.” We’re not sure exactly what that means, but we’re hoping they don’t conduct their business meetings in bathroom cubicles.
The couple were on a vacation to the Orlando-based Disney World when the arrest occurred. They have four children, though it is unknown if all of them traveled. They have vowed to fight the charges, saying they have been unfairly treated. Mrs Gorman may face up to five years in jail for the cocaine possession.
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