For years, Crispin Odey has been tabloid fodder for everything from his support of Brexit to his conspicuous lifestyle. He’s sparked outrage shorting the pound. He’s been mocked for his predictions of doom in the midst of the longest bull market in history.
Yet even for Britain’s most visible hedge fund manager, the recent public scrutiny has been blistering. The 62-year-old has been battling accusations that he sexually assaulted a young banker more than two decades ago after inviting her back to his apartment. Odey said in a U.K. court that the claims were a “horrible slur,” and maintained his innocence -- while accepting that he told her he hoped the evening may end up with them in bed together.