Al Fayed Loses Again

This hasn’t been a good week for Mohamed Al Fayed. First, the father of Dodi Fayed lost his legal bid to halt the publication of Trevor Rees-Jones’s new memoir, “The Bodyguard’s Story,” in which the sole survivor of the fatal 1997 car crash that took the lives of Dodi, Princess Diana and driver Henri Paul details the accident. Now, Al Fayed, who owns London’s famed Harrods department store, was ordered by a British court on Thursday to pay more than $2.2 million to Josephine Rowland, the widow of Al Fayed’s former business rival Tiny Rowland (who tried to buy Harrods in the ’80s), after she claimed some culprit stole 20 emeralds, seven rubies and four tanzanite stones from her safety deposit box at the store. Her attorney, Christopher Moger, said in court that Al Fayed had agreed to pay her claim for the stones, valued at $2.2 million. Al Fayed’s lawyer, Christopher Carr, said that while Al Fayed agrees to pay the money, he does so “expressly on the basis that (he) had no personal responsibility for taking or stealing the stones.”

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