Anthony Hamilton: I don’t mind lying to people who are lying to me
7 December, 2013
Anthony Hamilton has admitted under oath that he lied while represetning Paul di Resta with regards to what he believed to be a bogus deal with an energy drinks company which was supposedly worth €21 million.
Hamilton is suing Di Resta for breach of contract and loss of earnings after he was dismissed by the Force India driver in 2012.
Di Resta gave Hamilton a lead to pursue with Go Fast energy drinks company, who indicated they wanted to pump substantial money into a deal with the Scot.
Hamilton said, “It was obviously a scam. Only in fiction do drivers who have made no name for themselves get offered a €21 million deal. But I had an obligation on behalf of my client to pursue it. I was under huge pressure.”
The father of World Champion Lewis Hamilton, told Go Fast representatives at the time that he had obtained the energy drinks rights from Force India through his family company Belir. This however was not true.
“It was a holding lie. I would be a dishonest man if I said I had never lied. I don’t mind lying to people who are lying to me,” Hamilton explained.
The biggest surprise of the day [Friday] was when Hamilton admitted to an altered date on an email which he had submitted into evidence, after adamantly denying this earlier during the case.
Hamilton revealed that during installation of sophisticated security equipment in his new home that the builders altered times and dates on his iPad – linked to the security system – which in turn affected the dates on emails sent and received by the device.
“They have informed me that they have been changing the dates and times of my iPad regularly during this time,” admitted Hamilton.
During the proceedings, Paul Downes QC, representing Di Resta, declared, “Mr Hamilton, you are a dishonest man.”
The case continues. (GP247)
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