Fans of The Apprentice will no doubt know that former winner Stella English took legal action against Lord Alan Sugar via a tribunal, where she claimed that the high-flying job she’d been promised by the business mogul failed to materialise…
However, she lost the case, and as a result was left with massive bills for legal costs which she’s since claimed – in addition to being unable to find work – has been the ruin of her financially.
The Daily Mirror reports, “The ex-Apprentice winner said she was so poor she could not feed her two young sons and may have to go on benefits.”
However, the paper’s online version today carries video and pictures of Stella going into top London store Harrods, and emerging later with a bag of shopping.
But Stella’s spokesman claims she only bought tea bags which her mother paid for.
Her rep said, “They were a present for her mother costing just £3.95.”
While appearing on Daybreak earlier in the morning, Stella said, “My husband has left [and] I haven’t slept for weeks trying to cope with the fact I’m an unemployed single mother.
“It’s a nightmare.”
And despite previous claims that Stella spent around £4,000 a month on PR and had houses worth £1million, she reckons that’s now all gone and that she could lose her home as it’s “mortgaged to the hilt.”
She said, “I’ve never signed on. Now I might have to.”
When the news broke that Stella had lost her case against Lord Sugar and his company Viglen, the iconic businessman said, “The allegations were without substance, and I believe this case was brought with one intention in mind: the presumption that I would not attend the tribunal, that I would not testify and that I would settle out of court, sending Ms English on her way with a tidy settlement.
“I’m afraid she underestimated me and her reputation is now in tatters.
“This case was a sham and a total abuse of a tribunal system, which is there to protect employees who have been mistreated.
“It is not there to aid those chancing their arm at landing a big payday.
“I hope that other companies will learn from this example and also fight off derisory claims.”
Yikes. Here’s a reminder of Stella on the show…