Rugby star Lawrence Dallaglio spent about AU $ 20,000 in a brothel that offered cocaine and top-class hookers, a court heard.
The Sun reported that the former English captain and TV expert used his own bank cards to make payments in the brothel.
The married father of two, Dallaglio, 47, was carefully interviewed by the police in the presence of a lawyer. However, the World Cup winner was not arrested and declined to comment on the purpose of his expenses.
No further measures were taken against the BT Sport expert, who also acts as the corporate hospitality host.
His alleged visit to the Georgian townhouse was the result of a lawsuit against a gang accused of delivering $ 600 an hour prostitutes and class A drugs.
The brothel in Holborn in central London was searched and closed by the police in July.
A bag of bank card receipts was found hidden behind a panel in a basement toilet.
Dallaglio’s name came up when detectives went through 180,000 transactions, a jury heard.
On March 22, last year, Dallaglio is said to have made four separate payments totaling approximately $ 20,000.
He paid nearly $ 6,000 to an account owned by Kristian Kodra, an Albanian goofer in the brothel. On the same day, he made three payments totaling approximately $ 15,000 to an account with Romanian woman Alexandra Galis (22).
It was never known what he had paid for, and it was not known whether he was alone during his visits.
Dallaglio was not asked by the prosecutor or the defense to testify during the six-week trial at the Wood Green Crown Court in North London. But his alleged expenses were announced to the jury to try to determine the brothel’s profits. They came from vice and drug trafficking, which carries a heavier punishment.
The gang earned at least $ 795,000 in six months before the brothel was closed.
Prosecutor Hugh Forgan said, “It wasn’t just sex that was on sale there. We say cocaine was also available and it is a crime to run a brothel and sell Class A drug cocaine.”
Aside from sex toys, bondage equipment, and condom packaging, the police found a safe leaking boric acid – a cutting agent for cocaine.
Burner phones, ATMs, cash, diaries, and receipts showing that punters had paid between $ 160 and $ 200 for a gram of cocaine were recovered.
Dallaglio, who was caught drug-taking in 1999, was stopped by the police when he returned from the Rugby World Cup in Japan last November.
Last month, Galis was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for running the brothel.
Her Kosovan-Albanian friend Egert Isaku (32) was also convicted of drug trafficking and was given nine years.
Kodra was liberated from drug trafficking, but was given two years to run the brothel.
Hong Kong-born Allen Wing Hong Chan, 43, was sentenced to nine years in prison for drug trafficking, brothel management, and possession of criminal property.
Dallaglio played 85 friendly matches for England and was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2016.
This article was originally published in The Sun and republished with permission