One among Naomi Campbell’s key aides at her embattled style charity has dramatically give up, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Information of the departure of heiress Veronica Chou emerged simply hours after the Charity Fee introduced that it had launched a proper probe into doable ‘misconduct’ at Style For Aid.
The Mail on Sunday uncovered troubling questions approximately the charity this yr when official accounts confirmed that in a 15-month interval it lavished greater than £1.6 million on a glittering gala in Cannes, however gave simply £5,000 to good causes.
Trustees: Veronica Chou helped to run Style For Aid with mannequin Naomi Campbell. It’s now being investigated
In a transfer deeply embarrassing to Ms Campbell, the Charity Fee mentioned it will look into funds made by Style For Aid to its three trustees – the 51-year-old supermodel, London socialite and lawyer Bianka Hellmich and Ms Chou, the heiress to a £2 billion Hong Kong textile fortune.
In a press release final evening, Style For Aid mentioned it was ‘absolutely co-operating’ with the Charity Fee, including: ‘Any suggestion of wrong-doing or misconduct on the a part of the trustees is unfaithful and denied.’
The investigation comes simply two months after Ms Campbell, who’s value a reported £45 million, was appointed international ambassador for the Queen’s Commonwealth Belief Platinum Jubilee celebrations subsequent yr.
Charity Fee forensic accountants will study Style For Aid’s 2018-19 accounts, which present Ms Hellmich was paid £77,000 for her trustee position. Accounts for the earlier yr confirmed £107,000 had been paid in ‘trustee charges’.
The probe will even ask why the charity has did not file statutory annual accounts on time. Its 2020 submitting is greater than 180 days late.
Ms Chou, 36, was listed amongst Style For Aid’s trustees on Thursday when the Charity Fee introduced its probe, however her identify had been eliminated by Friday.
Mad hatter: Style For Aid is going through a statutory inquiry by the Charity Fee, which can have a look at doable misconduct and mismanagement
Charity founder: The charity watchdog has launched a proper investigation into Naomi Campbell’s style charity over issues approximately its administration and funds, it emerged final evening
Her 2012 wedding ceremony to Russian businessman Evgeny Klyucharev was attended by 1,500 individuals, together with the Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice, and she or he was an everyday fixture in society columns till 2017 when lurid claims approximately her marriage have been made in a London court docket.
The couple had accused their chauffeur of stealing a £167,000 diamond ring. Nonetheless, after he insisted he was given it to promote ‘to pay for prostitutes and medicines’ for Mr Klyucharev, they dropped the costs.
Courtroom papers obtained by the MoS reveal diamond seller Illuminex is suing Ms Chou for fraud. It had purchased the ring, however was compelled to return it after the alleged theft went to court docket.
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