Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri

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Boris Johnson spoke at four of Jennifer Arcuri’s events in London when he was mayor

A US businesswoman has refused to say whether she had an intimate relationship with Boris Johnson when he was London mayor.

Jennifer Arcuri has been at the centre of a row over whether the now-prime minister failed to declare a conflict of interest over their relationship.

She told ITV’s Good Morning Britain he spoke at four events she ran, and came to her flat “a handful” of times.

But she denied he recommended her for a top public sector job.

Mr Johnson has said everything was done “entirely in the proper way”.

The story first emerged in the Sunday Times, with claims technology entrepreneur Ms Arcuri had joined trade missions led by Mr Johnson and received thousands of pounds in public money.

The newspaper claimed she had received favourable treatment due to her friendship with Mr Johnson.

But Ms Arcuri denied any favouritism, saying he was just “a really good friend”.

The current London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has launched an investigation into the allegations at City Hall, and the Greater London Assembly’s Oversight Committee has given Mr Johnson 14 days – ending this week – to explain his relationship.

Mr Johnson has also been referred to the police watchdog, who will consider whether there are grounds to investigate the prime minister for the criminal offence of misconduct in public office.

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