Khanal knowledge

Former News of the World columnist Anvar Khan told a jury that she had sex with Tommy Sheridan, the former Scottish Socialist Party leader, while he was still married.

Sheridan and his wife are standing trial for perjury. They deny lying at their successful 2006 trial for defamation against the paper.

The former member of the Scottish parliament won 200,000 quid from the paper after it published allegations about his private life, claiming he was an adulterer that went to swinging parties.

Ms Khan, 43, told the court she knew Sheridan through her work and had had sex with him several times. After she moved from Scotland to London, the freelance journalist claims Mr Sheridan had phoned her, saying he had visited a sex club on his own and asking her to go with him.

She said: ‘He wanted to know if I would go with him and a couple of his friends to this club again. I was surprised. I think I may have said: 'Didn't anyone recognise you?’ I didn't exactly say I was staying in washing my hair. I said it was interesting.'

It’s a dirty business, politics. And journalism too for that matter.

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