Tory peer Michelle Mone hits back at claims she racially abused man of Indian ...

Tory peer Michelle Mone hits back at claims she racially abused man of Indian ...
Tory peer Michelle Mone hits back at claims she racially abused man of Indian ...

The man who accused Michelle Mone of racism can today be named by MailOnline as Monaco-based financial consultant Richard Lynton-Jones, who says she told her he was 'a waste of a man's white skin' in a WhatsApp message nearly three weeks after a fatal boat crash on the French Riviera.

It came as Conservative Peer Mone took to Instagram this afternoon to again deny claims she had racially abused Lynton-Jones who is of Indian heritage following a day of 'drinking and partying' on two superyachts which ended in the death of a deckhand.

In an exchange seen by The Guardian, it was also claimed Lady Mone referred to Mr Lynton-Jones's partner as a 'nut case bird' and 'mental loony'. 

Mr Lynton-Jones is believed to have a mother of Indian heritage and a white father but Lady Mone's lawyers had today told the Guardian it was 'illogical as it is inconceivable that she could or would have made such a comment or made it with the slightest racist intent' because she had no knowledge that the man 'was anything other than white British, as his appearance is 100% white, with a cut-glass English accent'.

They had added that Lady Mone believed vehemently he was '100% white and British' and there was 'no trace whatsoever of non-white colouring or any features' on Mr Lyton-Jones.

This afternoon, Lady Moon said on social media: 'Since when did calling out a man on his actions after a manslaughter and his entitled white privilege constitute racism? Quite the opposite - the accusations I have read today against me are full of contradictions.'  

The bust-up happened after Mr Lynton-Jones, 42, was among guests on a superyacht who met up with Lady Mone and her businessman husband Douglas Barrowman who were with friends and relatives on his 88ft yacht called Minx.

MailOnline can reveal that the two groups, totalling 18 people, motored out in their respective boats to enjoy a lunch at a restaurant on an island called Île Sainte-Marguerite, near Cannes, leaving their respective crews on board.

They later rafted their boats together so they could continue the fun day out on the water, hopping on and off each other's boats, before deciding to return to shore in the early evening when it was still daylight after more than five hours of partying.

The French skipper of the second superyacht called Vision which was chartered by British internet gaming millionaire Richard Skelhorn, accidentally ploughed into Mr Barrowman's boat as he was turning round to head for home. An MAIB investigation found the skipper had cannabis in his bloodstream.

British crewman Jake Feldwhere, 27, was on the foredeck of the Minx preparing to lift the anchor when he was struck and killed in the collision on the evening of May 25, 2019, which was the last day of the Cannes film festival.

Lady Mone also addressed the death of Mr Feldwhere in her post today, saying: 'I will set the record straight on this defamation before deciding on any legal action. What I do know is the disgrace this man made of the young boy's life who was lost by the super yacht he was partying on.  

'Almost 3 years ago, I defended a young boy who tragically lost his life - the manslaughter investigation they are involved in is still ongoing. I will assist in any way that I can. ' 

Conservative Peer Michelle Mone took to Instagram this afternoon to again deny claims that she was racist after she allegedly sent a derogatory message to a man of Indian heritage following a day of 'drinking and partying' on two superyachts which ended in the death of a deckhand

Conservative Peer Michelle Mone took to Instagram this afternoon to again deny claims that she was racist after she allegedly sent a derogatory message to a man of Indian heritage following a day of 'drinking and partying' on two superyachts which ended in the death of a deckhand 

The 50-year-old ex lingerie tycoon is said to have told her husband's former employee, who now can be named by MailOnline as financial consultant Richard Lynton-Jones (pictured), that he was 'a waste of a man's white skin' in a WhatsApp message nearly three weeks after they had both been on the tragic day out on the French Riviera. In the alleged exchange, seen by The Guardian, it was also claimed she referred to the Mr Lynton-Jones's partner as a 'nut case bird' and 'mental loony

The 50-year-old ex lingerie tycoon is said to have told her husband's former employee, who now can be named by MailOnline as financial consultant Richard Lynton-Jones (pictured), that he was 'a waste of a man's white skin' in a WhatsApp message nearly three weeks after they had both been on the tragic day out on the French Riviera. In the alleged exchange, seen by The Guardian, it was also claimed she referred to the Mr Lynton-Jones's partner as a 'nut case bird' and 'mental loony

Mr Lynton-Jones is believed to have a mother of Indian heritage and a white father but Lady Mone's lawyers had today told the Guardian it was 'illogical as it is inconceivable that she could or would have made such a comment or made it with the slightest racist intent' because she had no knowledge that the man 'was anything other than white British, as his appearance is 100% white, with a cut-glass English accent'

Richard Lynton-Jones

Mr Lynton-Jones is believed to have a mother of Indian heritage and a white father but Lady Mone's lawyers had today told the Guardian it was 'illogical as it is inconceivable that she could or would have made such a comment or made it with the slightest racist intent' because she had no knowledge that the man 'was anything other than white British, as his appearance is 100% white, with a cut-glass English accent'

This afternoon, Lady Moon said on social media: 'Since when did calling out a man on his actions after a manslaughter and his entitled white privilege constitute racism? Quite the opposite - the accusations I have read today against me are full of contradictions'

Crewman Jake Feldwhere (pictured), 27, was on the foredeck of an 88ft-long Minx preparing to lift the anchor when he was struck and killed off the coast of Île Sainte-Marguerite in 2019

Crewman Jake Feldwhere (pictured), 27, was on the foredeck of an 88ft-long Minx preparing to lift the anchor when he was struck and killed off the coast of Île Sainte-Marguerite in 2019

The French skipper of the second superyacht called Vision which was chartered by British internet gaming millionaire Richard Skelhorn (pictured), accidentally ploughed into Mr Barrowman's boat as he was turning round to head for home. An MAIB investigation found the skipper had cannabis in his bloodstream

The French skipper of the second superyacht called Vision which was chartered by British internet gaming millionaire Richard Skelhorn (pictured), accidentally ploughed into Mr Barrowman's boat as he was turning round to head for home. An MAIB investigation found the skipper had cannabis in his bloodstream

The bust-up between Mr Lynton-Jones and Lady Mone reportedly happened in a group WhatsApp chat on June 13, 2019, after she allegedly questioned how much his partner had suffered psychologically after the accident.

Mr Lynton Jones who is believed to have a mother of Indian heritage and a white father, and works in Monaco as a financial consultant, replied that his partner had been seriously traumatised by the yacht incident, saying: 'I would prefer you back the f**k off'.

According to screenshots seen by The Guardian, Lady Mone is said to have replied: 'OMG what a pile of crap!! You are talking to me, a smart, bright individual who doesn't get taken in by your shit!

'In fact my bullshit detector was on you from day 1. You & your mental loony of a girlfriend have been parting [sic] like mad! … You need to get a grip and have respect for a guy that was killed!!!

'Funny how your mad girlfriend has now deleted all the pictures, don't worry I have screenshots of the dates and times. 48 hours after the guy was killed. Your [sic] a low life, a waste of a mans [sic] white skin so don't give us your lies. Your [sic] a total disgrace.'

The bust-up happened after Mr Lynton-Jones, 42, was among guests on a superyacht who met up with Lady Mone and her businessman husband Douglas Barrowman who were with friends and relatives on his 88ft yacht called Minx

The bust-up happened after Mr Lynton-Jones, 42, was among guests on a superyacht who met up with Lady Mone and her businessman husband Douglas Barrowman who were with friends and relatives on his 88ft yacht called Minx

She is said to have added: 'Now you deal with the police enquiries including your nut case bird.'

He is said to have replied: 'A waste of a white mans skin? Did not know you were racist, Michelle.' Fifteen minutes later, Lady Mone allegedly wrote back: 'Your [sic] blocked and take your mental case to the police station.'

Mr Lynton-Jones is said to have made an official complaint in August this year to Martin Jelley, the House of Lords commissioner for standards about the alleged messages, claiming they were 'derogatory and racist' towards him and 'abusive and derogatory' towards his partner's mental health.

But the commissioner declined to investigate because the alleged messages were not sent in the course of Lady Mone's parliamentary duties.  

Her lawyers this week since issued a statement, saying she no longer had access to the relevant messages and had no ‘detailed memory of them.’ 

A report into the fatal accident which was published by the UK's Marine Accidents Investigation Branch in January this year, revealed details of how the passengers on both superyachts had enjoyed a day out before the tragedy.

The report said that the Vision had left Monaco at noon and 'proceeded to Île Sainte-Marguerite near Cannes, France, anchoring there about an hour later'.

Lawyers for the House of Lords member, pictured with her husband Douglas Barrowman, said she has no 'detailed memory' or 'access' to the messages and denied that she is a racist

Lawyers for the House of Lords member, pictured with her husband Douglas Barrowman, said she has no 'detailed memory' or 'access' to the messages and denied that she is a racist

Damage to the 88ft-long superyacht Minx in May 2019 following the fatal crash off Monaco

Damage to the 88ft-long superyacht Minx in May 2019 following the fatal

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