Greg Rutherford’s former agent has been accused of scamming the Olympic long jumper out of £66,000.
Gaby Stone is alleged to have taken sponsorship and appearance fees from the London 2012 gold medalist and Rio bronze medalist on 15 occasions between 2014 and 2015.
The 33-year-old, who also represents gymnast Louis Smith, and used to represent two-times gold medalist boxer Nicola Adams, denied one count of theft at Highbury Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, the Telegraph reports.
Prosecutor Marila Tuksel said:
There was a contractual agreement that the defendant and his company would organise commercial fees and sponsorship and the defendant would receive 20 per cent of the earnings and 80 per cent would go to the complainant.
It is said he didn’t remunerate the complainant in excess of £66,000 for various commercial appearances – there was some 15 appearances for which monies were supposed to be received going back to 2014.
The amount involved is £66,000 and the crown say the dishonesty was prolonged.
Rutherford, who has a wife and child, shot to fame after taking the gold at London 2012 and setting the British record for the long jump.
While he wasn’t able to repeat the feat at Rio, he did bring home bronze.
Stone’s hearing will be on September 21 at Blackfriars crown court.