LONDON - An Arab Royal Sheikh has won a case against Bollywood stars in India.
A Bahraini royal family sheikh has won a bitter High Court battle over claims that he agreed to pay £35 million to be introduced to Bollywood superstars – including Shah Rukh Khan, Ranveer Singh and Aishwarya Rai.
Egyptian businessman Ahmed Adel Abdallah Ahmed claimed Sheikh Hamad Isa Ali Al Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini royal family and a distant cousin of the King of Bahrain, exclusively hired him to arrange meetings with 26 Indian film stars.
During the trial at the London High Court, Ahmed argued that they had reached a legally binding agreement in a January 2016 phone call, but Sheikh Hamad denied that any agreement had been reached and said he thought he had a "genuine bond of friendship" with Ahmed.
Giving his judgment in London on Friday, Justice Jacobs dismissed the claim, finding that there were "simply too many inconsistencies...and improbabilities for the case advanced by Ahmed to be accepted".
The judge said: "I reject Ahmed's account of the phone conversation on January 7, 2016, and I reject his case that there was any agreement on the terms alleged."