Billionaire arms dealer, 56, is ordered to pay his ex-lover more than £120,000

Billionaire arms dealer, 56, is ordered to pay his ex-lover more than £120,000
Billionaire arms dealer, 56, is ordered to pay his ex-lover more than £120,000

A billionaire arms dealer has been ordered to pay his ex-girlfriend more than £120,000 after sacking her when she refused to become his 'sex slave'.

Edward Banayoti, 56, had a brief relationship with the woman two years before he emailed her 'out of the blue' to offer her the role of senior executive assistant - a job based in Washington DC.

The founder of Defence Unlimited International went on to tell the British woman he was still attracted to her, asked if he could sneak into her room and made jokes about making her pregnant. 

The Canadian businessman is the former brother-in-law of King Abdullah II of Jordan thanks to a six-month-long marriage to his sister Princess Aisha bint Hussein. 

The Central London Employment Tribunal sided with the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and found in her favour on charges of sexual harassment, direct discrimination based on sex, victimisation and breach of contract.

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Edward Banayoti (pictured), 56, had a brief relationship with the woman two years before he emailed her 'out of the blue' to offer her the role of senior executive assistant - a job based in Washington DC

Edward Banayoti (pictured), 56, had a brief relationship with the woman two years before he emailed her 'out of the blue' to offer her the role of senior executive assistant - a job based in Washington DC

Mr Banayoti was ordered to pay £122,788.32 in compensation and interest to the woman, with the payout including £33,000 for injuries to feelings with a further £8,000 aggravated damages and a 25 per cent overall uplift for failure to apply the ACAS code to try and work through the problems.

Mr Banayoti, who was born Ernest Anderson but changed his name when he converted to Islam, met the woman soon after his 2016 divorce from Princess Aisha, the tribunal was told.

Two years after their relationship ended she received an email from him 'out of the blue', she told the hearing. She claimed it was agreed she should go to the firm's office in Malta instead of the US due to the wait for a visa.

Soon afterwards Mr Banayoti began to make suggestive remarks, the tribunal heard.

She told the tribunal: 'I was very much taken aback* [and] told him I wanted to work in a professional footing. I told him I was not interested in these sexual advances.'

Four days later, the woman's contract was terminated. In her witness statement, she said Mr Banayoti wanted her to be his 'sex slave'.

She said: 'I refused to reciprocate Edward's sexual advances and desire for me to be his sexual object and this was the reason for the termination of my employment.'

Mr Banayoti's solicitors provided images of him and the claimant kissing, but the tribunal heard they were taken during their brief relationship.

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