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Billionaire property entrepreneur denies threatening family friend

The billionaire building entrepreneur Christian Candy has strongly denied using threats or illegal acts to recover a multimillion pound loan.

Mr Candy described himself at the High Court in London as “a hard negotiator when I need to be” – but said the accusations against him were “nothing short of preposterous”. He entered the witness box to fight off a claim by property developer Mark Holyoake for £132m damages.

The claim is against both Christian, 42, and his brother, Nick, 44, who are best known for creating the luxury One Hyde Park apartment complex in Knightsbridge, central London.

Mr Holyoake, 44, alleges he and his family were subjected to a campaign of intimidation, including
threats against his then pregnant wife, Emma.

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