Sunday 9 June 2019

Newly-bankrupt James Stunt's £2m fleet of Rolls Royces, Range Rovers and a one-off Lamborghini start to collect dents

Newly-bankrupt James Stunt's £2million fleet of supercars is starting to collect dents and parking tickets outside his Belgravia home. 

Two of the line-up of cars including Rolls Royces, Range Rovers and a one-off Lamborghini have parking tickets, while one Mansory has a crack next to its exhaust pipe.

On Thursday, a judge declared Stunt a £14million bankrupt and blasted his ‘appalling’ bid to dodge paying creditors.

The playboy ex-husband of Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone issued a bombastic response, vowing: ‘I’m going to win this silly bankruptcy.’

But his former father-in-law Bernie Ecclestone described him as a ‘clown’ who is ‘probably the worst of everything’.

 Speaking in Brazil, the F1 guru said he had ‘no idea’ if Stunt had any business sense or how he was getting by financially. 

He said he was ‘probably living a pitiful life’ due to restrictions on his spending imposed by police. 

Admitting he himself was probably owed ‘millions’, Mr Ecclestone added: ‘The bottom line is, anything I did in the past was to help him, for the good of Petra, the good of his wife, and I knew exactly what the result was going to be.

He said: ‘In my opinion, when he was first with Petra I thought he was a nice guy. Nothing wrong with him at all, good company, good guy. Trying to do the best he was doing.

‘And that’s the only reason I gave any help. To try to help him get on. I just think there’s something a little bit wrong with him, that’s all. I don’t think it’s his nature.’

Stunt’s lawyer told the High Court his client was ‘very, very’ rich but did not have access to his money. A court has frozen Stunt’s assets – including his homes and beloved supercars – under a ‘proceeds of crime’ restraint order.

But the brash Surrey-born bullion dealer, who enjoyed a private education, complained: ‘I have to be the richest man that has ever just been made bankrupt – all because of this restraint nonsense. 

'I can’t let my ego get in the way right now, because I’m going to win this silly bankruptcy.’ 


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