I am passing along this interesting story about Prince Jefri of Brunei and his explicit sex statues. This is definitely New York’s oddest trial yet starring the scandalous Prince, his former advisers… and graphic life-size bronze statues featuring him and his fiancée practicing the Kama Sutra.
The most bizarre thing about Prince Jefri of Brunei’s lawsuit against his former business advisers is the statues. That’s saying something, because this is a pretty bizarre lawsuit. It spans three continents, billions of dollars, and at least $100 million in legal fees spent so far to pursue what ultimately amounts to $6 million in disputed cash involving, among other properties, New York’s Palace Hotel.
Weirder still, all of the dozens of lawyers—toiling for four American law firms and two British ones representing both the plaintiffs and the defendants—are being paid by the prince’s older brother, the sultan of Brunei, who, along with the royal family’s Brunei Investment Agency, is on the prince’s side of the litigation. (This is, to put it mildly, an irony, because in multiple separate proceedings in the Bruneian and British courts, the sultan has spent an estimated $400 million in legal fees to sue his little brother, the former Bruneian finance minister, for allegedly defrauding the oil-rich sultanate of billions of dollars.)