Celebrity business tycoon Robert Tchenguiz will force his 14-year-old son to have sex with a prostitute if teen is returned to London, his ex-wife claims in custody battle raging in US courts
- Heather Bird, 51, is living in Montana with her two children from the marriage
- She was married to business tycoon Robert Tchenguiz from 2005 to 2019
- Mr Tchenguiz initiated legal action against Ms Bird after she stayed in the US
- Ms Bird travelled to the US with her children for Christmas 2020 with family
The former wife of a celebrity business tycoon has claimed he could force his 14-year-old son to have sex with a prostitute if the teenager returns to London.
Heather Bird, 51, said her ex-husband Robert Tchenguiz, 61, wanted his son to sleep with a sex worker to ‘make him a man’.
Ms Bird accused Mr Tchenguiz of ‘years of intense psychological abuse’ during their years of marriage, The Times reported.
The couple, whose divorce was finalised in 2019, have been warring in the US courts over whether Ms Bird needs to return her children to the UK.
The former spouses lived on different floors of a £20million London house next door to the Royal Albert Hall when they separated in 2009. At the time Mr Tchenguiz’ girlfriend, Polish model Julia Dybowska, 30, also lived there.
Mr Tchenguiz has initiated legal action against his former wife after she took their two children to see her family in the US for Christmas 2020 and never returned.
In a filing at the district Missoula division court in Montana Ms Bird said their son felt ‘fear and anxiety’ about living with his father.
Heather Bird, 51, said her ex-husband Robert Tchenguiz, 61, wanted his son to sleep with a sex worker to ‘make him a man’. Pictured, the former spouses in 2006
Her statement read: ‘The root of his fear is his due to the thought of being returned to London where his father will follow through on his threat of making [their son] into a man by having sex with a paid sex worker that his father will arrange for.
‘The threat made clear that this would happen whether [the son] wants to participate or not. The age [Tchenguiz] considers appropriate is bar mitzvah age.’
The teenager celebrated his bar mitzvah, the Jewish coming of age celebration, weeks before he left the UK with his mother and sister.
In America, the couple’s son has been enrolled in a school in Eureka, Montana, where he has settled and even competed with his school wrestling team in the state championship.
The boy also started an online petition to allow him to stay in the country.
Ms Bird, who ran an anti-ageing clinic in west London, was due to return to London in January with her two children but coronavirus restrictions delayed their flight.
The couple’s divorce was finalised in 2019, but they separated in 2009 and lived on different floors of their £20million London house next door to the Royal Albert Hall. Also living in the house was Mr Tchenguiz’ girlfriend, Polish model Julia Dybowska (pictured), 30
In May a second flight wasn’t taken because the teenager had a fever.
A trip to visit their father and his girlfriend on a yacht in Greece in June was also cancelled because their teenage daughter was afraid she wouldn’t be allowed to return to the US where she was studying for her driving test and cared for horses.
Ms Bird told the court she and her children were ‘forced’ to live with Tchenguiz, his girlfriend and a maid.
Mr Tchenguiz lives in the former Royal College of Organists building next to the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington
In October, Mr Tchenguiz started legal action under the Hague Convention, which sets out that court hearings about children under the age of 16 should be held in the country where they ‘habitually live’.
Because the couple’s daughter turned 16 while in the US she does not fall into this.
But Mr Tchenguiz said the family lived in Knightsbridge, central London, since the former couple’s marriage in 2005.
In a court document Mr Tchenguiz’s lawyer Christopher Gillette said the father provided ’emotional’ and ‘financial’ support to the teenager throughout his life.
Judge Donald Molloy adjourned the hearing until next month and ordered the teenager to have a ‘mental evaluation’.
The former spouses’ story was told in the 2018 BBC documentary Robbie’s War: The Rise and Fall of the Playboy Billionaire, which claimed Mr Tchenguiz enjoyed a lavish life while his wife and children struggled.
He denied this and said: ‘I have a very civil relationship with my ex-wife.’
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