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Christian Horner complainant has been ‘crucified’ after investigation, says relative

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner ahead of Practice 3 at the Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir on March 1, 2024
Christian Horner during practice at the Bahrain International Circuit on Friday - PA/David Davies

Christian Horner’s female accuser is “very unhappy” following Red Bull’s decision to clear the team principal of inappropriate behaviour against her and feels she has been “crucified”, a relative has reportedly revealed.

The woman at the centre of the crisis to engulf the Formula One world champions and their team principal was also said to have branded the entire affair “very one-sided”.

MailOnline said an unnamed relative of the complainant had agreed to speak out about the “disgusting” saga following the leaking of secret evidence from an investigation into Horner’s conduct via an anonymous email account.

The leak contained dozens of screengrabs of WhatsApp exchanges between Horner and his accuser, including images, and was sent via an anonymous email to 149 recipients in total, including rival F1 and FIA executives, team principals and scores of journalists.

The relative reportedly said the complainant had not been in a relationship with Horner, whose wife of nine years is former Spice Girl Geri Horner (nee Halliwell).

‘My reaction is that it is disgusting’

“My reaction to all this is that it is disgusting,” the relative was quoted as saying. “In the words of Red Bull, Christian Horner has been cleared but I think many people look at that answer and can’t quite fathom out the truth behind it.

The claimant’s relative added that they believed the case could not be consigned to the past following Thursday’s apparent evidence leak, adding that they had “no idea” who was behind the anonymous email that was widely shared.

But they insisted that there was “never any relationship” between Horner and the claimant and that any private details between the pair were never discussed with her family members.

“If you work for a person like him, you live with many pieces of information that are not to be disclosed. She certainly hasn’t spoken to me about it,” the source added. “We speak every day and she’s very unhappy – of course. In her way of thinking it’s all very one-sided and she’s been crucified.

Horner said of the leak: “I won’t comment on anonymous speculation. But to reiterate, I have always denied the allegations, I respected the integrity of the independent investigation and fully cooperated with it every step of the way.

“It was a thorough and fair investigation, conducted by an independent specialist barrister, and it has concluded dismissing the complaint made. I remain fully focused on the start of the season.”

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