Christian Horner facing fresh allegations of ‘sexually suggestive’ messages

Gerri Halliwell’s husband Christian Horner is battling to save his job as Red Bull’s team principle (Picture: Getty)

Red Bull hope to conclude its investigation into the conduct of team principle Christian Horner early next week.

The 50-year-old is battling to save his position as the team principle of the dominant force in Formula 1.

Horner, the husband of former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, strenuously denies the allegations which originally centered on his alleged controlling behaviour towards a female member of staff.

Speaking at the launch of his team’s car ahead of the upcoming new season, Horner insisted it was ‘business as usual’ despite having been grilled by his employers for over eight hours less than a week earlier.

He said: ‘It’s business as usual. There obviously is a process.

‘Obviously, I fully deny any accusations that have been made against me but of course I’ll work with that process, which I hope is concluded in the near future.’

He later added: ‘The support from within the business, of our partners, within the industry, has been overwhelming.

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Christian Horner investigation timeline

How the scandal has unfolded…

Monday 5 February – Red Bull confirm investigation into Horner over ‘controlling behaviour’ allegations

Friday 9 February – Horner grilled by independent lawyer during eight-hour hearing

Thursday 15 February – Horner attends Red Bull’s 2024 car launch and publicly addresses allegations for first time – says he ‘fully denies’ any wrongdoing

Friday 16 February – Fresh allegations emerge in Dutch Newspaper De Telegraaf suggesting Horner sent messages of a ‘suggestive nature’ to a female employee

Wednesday 21 February to Friday 23 February – Formula 1 pre-season testing

Friday 23 February – Sixth series of F1: Drive to Survive releases on Netflix – Horner likely to once again feature heavily in docuseries

Thursday 29 February to Saturday 2 March – Formula 1 season gets underway with the Bahrain Grand Prix

‘Moments of uncertainty, it brings the team together, and I’ve never seen a team more together, or more supportive than it is.

‘Everybody is focused on one thing, which is the performance of that car, to go out and defend both of the world titles that we’ve worked so hard to achieve over the last couple of years.

‘So the car is what everybody is invested in, and I look forward to seeing it in action in Bahrain next week.’

Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner

Geri Halliwell is standing by Christian Horner amid ‘inappropriate behaviour’ allegations (Photo: Getty)

Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner at the Monaco Grand Prix

Halliwell has been an ever present in the F1 paddock since marrying Horner in 2015 (Photo: Getty)

An ongoing crisis, however, deepened on Friday after fresh claims were made by De Telegraaf,containing an accusation of sexual misconduct, based on messages allegedly sent by Horner.

The Dutch publication claims to have seen Whatsapp which are said to have been ‘suggestive’ in nature.

These fresh accusations are likely to further test the resolve of Halliwell, who has stood by her man over the course of the last fortnight.

The 51-year-old was reported to have been in ‘floods of tears’ upon learning of the original allegations.

‘She will smile and do all she can to keep them together,’ one insider told the Mail of the ex-pop star who married her husband nine years ago.

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