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Ashley Denies Paying Friend $3.9 Million After Bar Dispute

  • Lawsuit relates to a payment for French golf-course investment
  • Retail billionaire Mike Ashley says his money was stolen
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A bar-room incident, a possible hangover and an allegedly forged signature are at the center of a lawsuit between billionaire Mike Ashley and a man who was once a “trusted friend.”

The dispute, which returned to a London court Tuesday, turns on a 3 million-pound ($3.9 million) payment Ashley made in 2008 to a company linked to Tony Jimenez, a friend and business associate and the former co-owner of Charlton Athletic Football Club.