US entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri has refused to answer questions over her private relationship with Boris Johnson during a TV interview.
Ms Arcuri said the prime minister visited her Shoreditch office and home “five, ten, a handful of times” when he was London mayor and described him as “a really good friend”.
The technology entrepreneur and former model told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “It’s really not anyone’s business what private life we had.”
Ms Arcuri said the pair “tried having drinks out in public or having lunch” but “it just became too much of a mob show”, so she told him: “You just have to come to my office.”
The businesswoman also denied ever directly asking Mr Johnson for sponsorship money.
She said: “Do you think I would waste his time talking about this stuff?”
Ms Arcuri said she used £10,000 given to her firm from London and Partners, the promotional agency run by the Mayor of London, to “produce (an) event” she hosted in 2013.
She said: “I produce good, really sexy, on-point events.”
The businesswoman also confirmed the prime minister “asked me to show him a few things” on the pole in her London home.
She described the kit as a “conversation starter”, adding that she and Mr Johnson “always had a laugh about it”.
Ms Arcuri said: “The pole stood in the living room, yes, he saw the pole.”
When asked directly whether Mr Johnson had ever used the pole, Ms Arcuri said: “I’m never going to tell you that.”
She then added Mr Johnson never used the pole and “just sat there with his tea”.
When pressed about whether she had an “intimate relationship” with Mr Johnson, the former model refused to answer questions.
She added: “Because the press have made me this objectified ex-model pole dancer, I am really not going to answer that question.
“I am not going to be putting myself in a position for you to weaponise my answer.
“Boris had nothing to do with my other achievements.”