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Thursday, 28 June, 2001, 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK
Archer's 'false' charity pledge
Lord Archer arrives at the Old Bailey 27 June
Archer: Cleared of one of seven dishonesty charges
The 500,000 damages Lord Archer won from the Daily Star for alleging he slept with a prostitute might not have all gone to charity as he claimed, the Old Bailey has heard.

Lord Archer had said he would donated the total amount he was awarded after his libel action, but a note allegedly written by his wife suggests that only 130,000 was actually given away, the court was told.

The millionaire novelist denies six charges relating to the 1987 High Court trial.


I suggest to you that out of the full amount, 130,000 was paid to different charities

Roy Amlot QC
Retired television producer Ted Francis, 67, of Cranleigh, Surrey, denies one count of perverting the course of justice by providing a false alibi for Lord Archer.

On Thursday, Lord Archer's accountant Barry Carmel told the jury that "very high amounts" of the damages had been given to charity.

Roy Amlot QC, defending Mr Francis, then showed Mr Carmel a piece of paper that appeared to be in Lady Archer's writing.

He said: "I suggest to you that out of the full amount, 130,000 was paid to different charities."

'Resilient family'

Mr Carmel replied: "That is what this piece of paper says.

"Lord Archer would have made his own decisions on how much and to whom it was paid."

But Mr Carmel added that his company would have advised Lord Archer on tax deductions for more substantial donations.

Earlier on Thursday, Lord Archer's family was described as a "strong unit" by his friend Michael Beloff QC.

Ted Francis
Ted Francis denies perverting the course of justice
The president of Trinity College, who met Lord and Lady Archer in Oxford in the 1960s, told the Old Bailey they and their two sons were "very happy in each other's company, very resilient".

Mr Beloff added that he admired many of Lord Archer's achievements - becoming a best-selling novelist and "confidante and adviser" to prime ministers.

On the direction of the judge, the jury found Lord Archer, 61, not guilty of one count of perverting the course of justice on Wednesday.

He denies three further counts of perverting the course of justice, two counts of perjury, and one of using a diary as a false instrument.

The hearing has been adjourned until Friday.

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