BY WILLIAM SHERMAN , JOSE MARTINEZ DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Thursday, November 4, 2010
New York Daily News
They’re the X-rated statues an exiled playboy prince doesn’t want the world to see.
Lawyers for Prince Jefri Bolkiah, the kid brother of the Sultan of Brunei, don’t want jurors to hear anything about his four sex trophies in a blockbuster real estate trial opening next week in Manhattan Supreme Court.
“I’ll tell you what: They make me blush,” said Mark Cymrot, a lawyer for Faith Zaman, the British barrister battling the prince in court. “They’re very explicit.”
What’s more, Cymrot says, they’re lifelike recreations of the prince – a longtime pal of late pop star Michael Jackson – making love to his fiancée.
Photographs of the pieces obtained by the Daily News show an endowed, muscular prince in a series of sexual positions with the woman, one of many at his beck and call. Bolkiah has multiple wives and a harem of lovelies.
The prince is suing two ex-financial advisers, Thomas Derbyshire and his wife, Zaman, saying they bilked him when they sold his 23-room Sunninghill estate on Long Island‘s North Shore for $11 million; the prince argues it was worth much more.
The estate is where the prince, whose sultan brother is one of the richest men on the planet, stored the four life-size statues.
A lawyer for the prince complained to Manhattan Judge Ira Gammerman after Cymrot discussed the graphic artwork Wednesday with reporters, saying the “infamous statues” should be off-limits.
This week, the prince’s legal team filed papers seeking to ban any mention in court of the statues, his many wives, his previous court battles with Derbyshire and Zaman – and his long-running feud with the Sultan of Brunei.
In court papers, they said Zaman had bad intentions when she had the statues, sculpted by famed Johnson & Johnson heir and artist John Seward Johnson, taken out of their crates and photographed.
“The photographs are very erotic in nature,” lawyer Andrew Weisberg wrote in court papers. “Zaman evidently obtained them in order to embarrass Prince Jefri.”
The prince, who once headed the Brunei Investment Agency, was cut off from the tiny oil-rich nation after his brother accused him of embezzling $15 billion.
That set off a long feud between the Sultan and his youngest brother, whose sexual shenanigans were spotlighted in “My Life In A Harem,” a book written by a stripper who dropped out of NYU to join Prince Jefri’s stable of beauties.
Lawyers for Prince Jefri declined comment on the case, in which he is seeking $7 million.
“Seven million?” Gammerman gasped from the bench. “That’s chump change for the sultan.”
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