Three of Spain’s largest firms paid an alleged lover of former King Juan Carlos £4.6million to keep evidence of their affair secret, according to the leaked diaries of a disgraced police commissioner.
Repsol, Santander and Telefonica each paid £1.8million in installments starting in the late 1990s to the country’s security service which then passed the money to model and Miss World contestant Barbara Rey, the diaries allege.
The money changed hands after José María Aznar, Prime Minister of Spain from 1996 to 2006, met with Repsol boss Ramón Blanco Balín and asked him to transfer the funds while assuring him the other firms were also paying up, the diary says.
The pages were uncovered after Emilio Alonso Manglano, the former head of Spain’s security service, alleged in his memoirs that Ms Rey had video tapes of her and King Carlos together and had received large sums of money to keep them secret.
Ms Rey, an actress and model, has denied ever receiving money from Juan Carlos or anyone in his circle. None of the companies named in the diary has commented.
Barbara Rey (left in 1970, right in 1980) was allegedly paid £4.6m by Spain’s three largest companies starting in the late 90s in order to keep an affair with then-King Juan Carlos a secret
Juan Carlos, who abdicated the throne in 2014 and now lives in self-imposed exile in Abu Dhabi while facing corruption trials at home, has previously denied any wrongdoing and said he is ready to speak with prosecutors.
The diary entries were allegedly penned by José Manuel Villarejo, an undercover cop who is accused of being a ‘state fixer’ and is currently facing dozens of trials.
Spanish newspaper El Periodico claims to have tracked down the pages, dated from September 2015, after claims that Rey had ‘blackmailed’ Juan Carlos featured in a recent book by two Spanish journalists and were last week discussed on TV.
On September 27, Villarejo is said to have detailed a meeting he had with Balín – a prominent businessman – in which Balin confessed to the payments.
Juan Carlos is alleged to have been a serial adulterer, with one author claiming he had up to 5,000 mistresses
Villarejo says that Balin told him he was approached by Aznar – a friend from his time working as State Finance Inspector – and told to make six annual payments from Repsol, an energy and pharmaceutical giant, that would total £1.8million.
‘[Repsol] gave the money to CESID [the old name for Spain’s security service] and they gave the artist,’ El Periodico quotes the diary as saying.
Balin was assured that Telefonica, one of the world’s largest telephone operators, and Santander, one of the world’s largest banks, would be making similar payments, according to the diaries.
While Balin did not state what the payments were for, the diary entry was only tracked down after Alberto Saiz Cortés – head of Spain’s modern-day secret service CNI – accused Rey of ‘blackmailing’ Carlos over an alleged affair.
Cortés spoke about the allegation on Spanish TV show Salvados last week, during which he said the payments ‘could have come from “external donors” and not directly from public money.’
He also claimed that Rey was given preferential treatment for contracts on Valencian TV shows and other publicity in exchange for her silence.
Cortes is also not the only Spanish secret service boss to have alleged the affair took place, or that Rey was paid for her silence.
Emilio Alonso Manglano, who headed the service from 1981 to 1995, wrote in his memoirs – published in October by two Spanish journalists – that Rey had received large sums of money in return for not disclosing her affair with the King.
He also alleged that Rey had video tapes of the pair engaged in sex acts, which had been recorded using three hidden cameras at her home.
‘[There are] hidden cameras in the dining room and two more in the bedroom. You can hear everything,’ Manglano recalled telling colleagues at the time.
Ms Rey (left and right in 1974) has admitted to having an affair with a ‘senior figure from the state’, but has never publicly named Juan Carlos as that man
Juan Carlos’s reign ended in disgrace in 2014 when his affair with Corinna Larson (pictured), became public. He then abdicated in favour of his son, King Felipe
Ms Rey, now 71, was a model who won runner-up in Miss Spain 1970 but was given the chance to compete at Miss World the following year after Spain’s top-place finisher withdrew from the contest.
Competing under her original name Maria Garcia, she finished in the top 15 behind Brazil’s Lúcia Petterle in first place with the UK’s Marilyn Ann Ward runner-up.
Her big break came four years later, when she was cast in TV show Palmarés which established her as a sex symbol. She went on to play theatres and revenue shows, worked on TV, and later starred in erotic films.
In 1980 she married a circus lion tamer, Ángel Cristo, with whom she has two children. The pair divorced in 1998.
It is unclear how she met Juan Carlos or when exactly their alleged affair took place, though it is thought to be between the late 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s.
She has never admitted that Juan Carlos, now 83, was her lover – but has confessed that she had an affair with a ‘senior figure from the state’.
In 1997, her house was burgled and she claims that documents, negatives and video tape was stolen which could compromise ‘important people’.
Juan Carlos I reigned as King of Spain from 1975 to 2014 when he abdicated in favour of his son Felipe VI. He has three children with his wife of 75 years Sofia.
The allegations about payments are said to be contained within the diary of Jose Manuel Villarejo, a former police commissioner and alleged state fixer who is currently on trial
Juan Carlos (centre right) now lives in self-imposed exile in Abu Dhabi with Sofia (far right), after son Felipe (centre left) and wife Letizia (far right) assumed the throne
He is alleged to have been a serial adulterer, with an author and military historian claiming he had 5,000 lovers in a recent book.
Carlos is said to have made a pass at Princess Diana as she holidayed with Charles at his Majorca palace in 1986 – with the princess once saying he could be a ‘little too attentive’ during meetings.
During a recent trial, Villarejo even went so far as to claim that secret service agents had injected the King with female hormones to try and curb his sexual appetites.
Danish-German philanthropist Corinna Larsen, Spanish singer Sara Montiel, Belgian governess Liliane Sartiau and Italian princess Maria Gabriela de Saboya are just some of the women he is rumoured to have bedded besides his wife.
His reign ended in disgrace in 2014 when his relationship with Ms Larson – real name Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein – was made public.
The 83-year-old left Spain for Abu Dhabi after Swiss prosecutors opened an investigation into bank accounts he allegedly held in tax havens.
Juan Carlos denies any wrongdoing and has said he is available if prosecutors need to interview him.