By Claire Carter
A couple used a charity set up to save Chinese tigers as their personal piggy bank, funding a lifestyle of extravagant dinners and wine, a court heard.
Li Quan claimed money for the Save China’s Tigers charity was used to fund the lavish personal lives of her and her estranged husband Stuart Bray as she told the High Court she was entitled to more of the couple’s assets than Mr Bray is prepared to give.
Ms Li claimed money put into the charity, which counts Jackie Chan as an ambassador, was directly used by the pair. She says more than £50 million worth of assets is at stake.
"We were using the money to fund our personal things,” she told the High Court.
”We had expensive dinners. We had expensive wine."
She said Mr Bray had told her "repeatedly over the years" not to make a distinction between the "charities, the trust and the companies" because they are "one and the same".
"That is what he told me all the time," she said.
"I did not regard it as fraud because my husband told me it was one and the same. I am not a financial person. I am not an accountant."
She said her estranged husband, who denies her claims, had her removed from the board of the charity and that she had “no power.” She also alleged he put money during their relationship into a trust, to which he had access through a “back door.”
Mr Bray, 50, is yet to give evidence.
Evidence in the case is being heard at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court but Mr Justice Coleridge has given permission for the case to be covered by journalists. More....