Former I'm A Celeb star Melanie Skyes says 'It's really of nobody's concern' after being named as one of 300 rich and famous people involved in investments now deemed to be tax avoidance schemes
TV star Melanie Sykes has spoken out following reports she is involved in a tax avoidance scheme, proclaiming: ‘My money issues are my own.’
The 45 year old also claimed ‘it’s really of nobody’s concern’ after she was named as one of 300 rich and famous people involved in film financing partnerships now deemed to be tax avoidance schemes by the Inland Revenue.
The Times newspaper reports that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and Coronation Street star William Roache (AKA Ken Barlow) were also involved in the partnerships, created by investment group Ingenious Media.
When quizzed by Now in the wake of the claims, former I’m A Celebrity star Mel said: ‘My money issues are my own. It’s as unimportant to other people as my love life.
‘Honestly, I don’t know why anyone would want to know about my financial life. I know about it and that’s it. It’s really of nobody’s concern.’
Mel’s troubles come after she invested in a company called Pisces Fils LLP in 2004 under her then-married name, Melanie Caltagirone. A spokesperson told The Times: ‘We do not comment on our clients’ financial affairs.’
The list of names said to have invested in the various partnerships now face demands to pay six-figure tax bills within 90 days.
The paper also revealed that Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey had invested in the schemes, however his spokeswoman said he had ‘settled his claim already with the HMRC. Therefore Neil has not and will not receive a notice.’
The news is the second major headache in as many years for former Let’s Do Lunch host Mel.
The star was arrested and cautioned after an assault on her now-ex toy boy husband Jack Cockings in November 2013.
Mel reportedly spent a night in police custody after Jack allegedly dialled 999 after the couple had a ferocious row at their £1 million home in Hampstead, west London.
But, after a court battle, Melanie successfully had the caution withdrawn and and removed from records in August 2014, with a representative for the brunette beauty saying they were ‘glad this testing time is over.’