So the woman immortalised in Brunei billionaire playboy prince, Prince Jefri Bolkiah’s sex statue collection does exist after all. The flamboyant prince of Brunei has had to endure the embarrassment of having his former fiancťe – the model of four of his by now famous life-size erotic statues – giving evidence in a court case at Manhattan state Supreme Court.
Her name is Micha Raines and she is his former personal assistant-turned-fiancee.
Raines, 41, is also the mother of the prince’s five-year-old boy.
While in the witness box she looked little like the statues. Raines was prim, proper and fully clothed as she testified in the prince’s multimillion-dollar court case against two British lawyers he says robbed him in real estate schemes.
The Las Vegas native was immortalized in several of the raunchy royal’s life-sized sex statues – in which they wore expressions of ecstasy and nothing else. The prince commissioned the statues of him having sex with Micha Raines, entwined in a number of positions.
On the statues, her hair was down, but in flesh, Raines kept it in a tight bun in court and wore a diamond-encrusted crucifix.
Miss Raines patiently answered a series of questions about Mr Bolkiah’s business practices over the years she was with him.
She described how Prince Jefri had been impressed by the husband-and-wife legal team he’s now suing, Thomas Derbyshire and Faith Zaman, who were put in charge of selling the prince’s 23-room Sunninghill Estate.
The prince hired them after just one face-to-face meeting in London in the summer of 2004, she said, and Raines herself handwrote several notes, on Prince Jefri’s behalf, to the couple, expressing his satisfaction with them.
Miss Raines shared the prince’s fabulous wealth between 1996 and 2005, when they were together.
Raines testified that Prince Jefri paid her more than a half-million dollars annually when she served as his personal assistant in the tiny, oil-rich nation, and was also rewarded after they got engaged.
“I was paid a salary of 33,000 pounds †a month when I was working for him,” she testified. “And when I was his fiancťe, I was given gifts.”
Even now she and their five-year-old son live in a £6million Las Vegas house that was a gift from the prince. “He still calls a few times a month,” she spoke fondly of the prince, who smiled warmly at his ex when she brushed past him in Manhattan Supreme Court.
She and the prince have a son together, but Raines said the brother of one of the world’s richest men doesn’t provide a penny in support these days.
Raines said British lawyers Thomas Derbyshire and Faith Zaman were trusted aides who were put in charge of selling the prince’s 23-room Sunninghill Estate.
Among the left-behind goodies at the Sunninghill Estate were the X-rated statues of Raines in action with the prince.
The prince fired the lawyers in 2006 and now says they fleeced him of millions while managing his properties. He has gone to court in Manhattan against the lawyers, claiming that they fleeced him of millions while managing his properties, one of which being the Sunninghill Estate, in Ascot, where he housed the X-rated naked statues of his one-time lover.
At the opening of the hearing at Manhattanís Supreme Court, the jury was told Jefri hired them in 2004 with a multi-million-pound salary to manage his empire, which included the New York Palace hotel, as well as a 23-room mansion on Long Island, New York, and a home in Las Vegas.
ĎHe gave them the keys to the palace,í said Linda Goldstein, a lawyer for the prince. ĎThey were given an extra≠ordinary position of trust.
ĎThey abused that trust to line their pockets in ways that were both spectacular and spectacularly petty.í
The lawyers are said to have started Ďseven schemesí to steal from their boss, including using £3.1million of his money to buy themselves homes on the California coast.
Goldstein claimed the royal bank account paid for a 30th birthday party in London for Mrs Derbyshire, her wardrobe of clothes and her home renovation.
She and her husband are said to have made millions when they had the New York Palace pay £2.4million for 150 plasma screen TVs from a company which she secretly controlled.
They also charged more than £11,000 of beauty treatments to Jefriís corporate credit cards, it is claimed. Another alleged plot involved her arranging a 68-year lease for a huge apartment at the New York Palace hotel that was rent-free for five years, then a paltry £310 a month after that.
The Derbyshires say all the allegations are untrue and have countersued, saying Prince Jefri owes them £7.4million or more in promised payments.
Mr Derbyshire, 43, was born in Bootle, Merseyside, and is the UKís eighth highest-earning criminal barrister, earning about £668,000 a year. He lives with his 34-year-old wife Faith Zaman, a non-practising barrister, in Hampstead, North London.
The younger brother of the Sultan of Brunei fought to keep photos of the almost $1million (£617,000) pornographic statues depicting himself in various sexual positions with Micha Raines away from jurors in his civil trial against former advisers.
In court filings lawyers for Jefri asked the judge to bar photos of the X-rated statues from the jury.
‘Jurors easily could be offended by their erotic nature and express their anger as prejudice against Prince Jefri,’ Prince Jefriís lawyers claim in the filing.
In addition to photos of the statues, the playboy prince wants details about his private life barred from the courtroom, including his many wives, estates, his harem and more.
‘As a Moslem, Prince Jefri was entitled to have multiple wives and families, and he did so,’ his filing says. ‘However, polygamy is offensive to many Americans, and trial testimony about Prince Jefriís personal life may be prejudicial to him.’
Jefri has four wives, 17 children and 18 adopted wards, as well as a harem of roughly 40 women vying for his attention at nightly parties.
His harem was first detailed in 1997 by former Miss USA Shannon Marketic when she sued the prince and the sultan for holding her against her will as a sex slave in Brunei at his 1,788-room palace.
Her lawsuit claimed she and other young women were lured to be sex slaves after traveling there under false pretenses. After arriving in Brunei, she said, they had their passports confiscated and were checked for sexually transmitted diseases. The suit was dismissed.
Earlier this year Jillian Lauren, published a memoir ‘Some Girls’ detailing her 18 months in the harem as one of Jefri’s 40 girlfriends, showered with jewelry, designer clothes and bags stuffed with cash.
Jefri, known for his spending habits, was accused of embezzling $14.8billion from the tiny, oil-rich Brunei, a charge he denied. His purchases over the years have included 600 properties, over 2000 cars, over 100 paintings, five boats, nine aircraft including an Airbus, rugs made of gold, and even a mega-yacht he christened ‘Tits’ ((the lifeboats are names Nipple 1 and Nipple 2).
In 2000 he agreed to turn over his personal holdings to the government in return for avoiding criminal prosecution. But he was accused of hiding assets when he allegedly sold hundreds of millions of pounds worth of diamonds in secret.
But it’s the statues that are now capturing attention.
Judge Ira Gammerman issued a gag order to everyone involved in the real estate trial. The prince’s lawyer, Jeff Stewart, had complained about his opposing lawyer, Mark Cymrot.
‘He passed out photographs of the erotic statues in the hallway,’ Stewart alleged.
Remarkably, considering their cost, the statues bear little resemblance to Jefri. Sculptor J. Seward Johnson Jr claims he was unaware the private commission came from Prince Jefri.
‘The sculptures were a commission specifically featuring positions of the ancient public domain Kama Sutra,’ his spokesman told The Daily Beast.
‘Artistsí models were used and there was no reference to any collector, buyer, or other individual in the making of the pieces. The project was commissioned anonymously via a holding company and the sculptor was not told the identity of the buyer.’
Jefri was reportedly upset when the statue lacked a mustache and some fixes were ordered.
So far, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ira Gammerman has barred defence lawyers from introducing evidence of Prince Jefri’s extravagance and life of sex and luxury.
The Derbyshiresí lawyers argue that the jury should be told about Jefriís family problems, including the allegation he embezzled billions of pounds from his oil-rich homeland.
The current case has already shone a light into Jefriís world. His lawyer successfully argued the jury should not be shown photos of his life-sized statues of him having sex.
The case is being followed closely around the world, particularly in the princeís home nation of Brunei Darussalam.