Mandy Rice-Davies, one of the "good time girls" caught up in the Profumo sex scandal in the 1960s, may have landed in fresh legal hot water thanks to barrister Geoffrey Robertson, QC.
Ms Rice-Davies, now aged 69, was at the launch on Monday of a book and a legal campaign by Mr Robertson, who aims to overturn the conviction of society figure Stephen Ward.
Ward was made a scapegoat by Establishment figures, Mr Robertson argues, after exposing war minister Jack Profumo’s affair with Christine Keeler, a flatmate and friend of Ward and Ms Rice-Davies.
Ms Rice-Davies gave evidence at Ward’s trial, at which he was convicted of pimping Ms Rice-Davies and Keeler.
Ward committed suicide before the end of the trial, after what Mr Robertson says was outrageously biased treatment by prosecutors and the trial judge.
In her evidence, Ms Rice-Davies denied she was a prostitute, and said she was harassed by police before giving a statement that helped convict Ward.
At Monday’s press conference, Ms Rice-Davies was present but suffering from severe laryngitis, so she left most of the talking to Mr Robertson.
“The truth never sleeps, ever,” was about all she could contribute, though she also revealed that she had “sleuthed” out a copy of the evidence she had given at the trial, “with great difficulty”.
In his book, Mr Robertson said the National Archives had refused to release the trial transcript – an unprecedented move for an open, public trial.
He wrote that Ms Rice-Davies had obtained a copy of her own testimony – with all the names inked out – but “it came with all sorts of threats that she must not disclose it to anyone else”.
At the press conference Mr Robertson showed the media some pages of what he said was that testimony.
Ms Rice-Davies struggled to attract his attention through her throat infection, and finally managed to croak “Geoffrey you are not supposed to show it … I had to sign a secret … ”
Geoffrey you are not supposed to show it … I had to sign a secret
Mr Robertson then put the transcript back in a folder, told the press he had received it from an anonymous source, and reassured Ms Rice-Davies “Don’t worry, I will defend you.”