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City boss denies lewd Latin claim

Mark Lowe
Mr Lowe also denies unfair constructive dismissal

A wealthy City financier accused of trying to kill an employee sent a work experience girl an obscene message in Latin, a tribunal has heard.

Mark Lowe, boss of Nomos Capital, said the Latin phrase, which describes a violent sexual act, was considered light hearted in the first century.

Mr Lowe is accused by Jordan Wimmer 29, of trying to hire a hitman to kill her and humiliating her at work.

He denies accusations of sex and disability discrimination.

The exchange in question took place between Mr Lowe and Ariane Gordji who was doing work experience at Nomos Capital.

'Burlesque' phrase

She sent over a Latin passage from St Paul which talked about "love your enemy" and, in response, the 59-year-old millionaire replied with the phrase, "irrumabo vos et pedicabo vos" from the poet Catullus.

The phrase threatens a violent sex act, the tribunal heard.

At the Central London Employment Tribunal, lawyers for Ms Wimmer suggested that the quote was lewd, inappropriate and likely to "violate" Miss Gordji's dignity.

However Mr Lowe said: "It is burlesque, it was always light-hearted in the first century and it still is now.

"It's a more robust and more pagan response to love your enemies."

Previously in the hearing, Ms Wimmer, who is from Chelsea, alleged that Mr Lowe brought high-class escort girls to business meetings.

The businessman, who now lives in Switzerland, denies all Ms Wimmer's allegations and is contesting claims of unlawful deduction of wages and unfair constructive dismissal.

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