Hooker-Employing Hedge Fund Manager Addresses Dumb Blonde Jokes

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Mark Lowe, the Nomos Capital founder accused by former employee Jordan Wimmer of, among other things, trying to kill her (several times), hiring hookers to work as investor relations girls, forcing Wimmer to be present while he received lap dances, having an Asian fetish, and making dumb blonde jokes took the stand today to tell his side of the story. First off, he says the prosties he took on business trips were his girlfriends. Regarding his preference for the Asian persuasion (don't worry about how this is relevant), Lowe responded that he prefers "women to wear less and show more flesh." And as for the jokes? Mark said that he didn't come up with them but merely passed them on and while we're on the subject? As an arbiter of comedy he wouldn't necessarily give the j's super high marks, but thought they were definitely pretty decent. Also, he's never put one his lady-friends in the trunk of a car, though now that you've put the idea in his head it's definitely under consideration.

A selection of the emails Mr Lowe sent to Miss Wimmer and other women staff were read to Central London Employment Tribunal. One email from May 7, 2008, titled 'Who is your real friend?' read: 'Put your dog and your girlfriend in the boot of your car for an hour and then see who is happy to see you.' When asked by Alisdair Simpson, for Miss Wimmer, if he thought the joke was demeaning to women, Mr Lowe disagreed and said he thought it was 'funny, but not especially'. Mr Simpson replied: 'You don't think putting your girlfriend in the boot of your car is demeaning?' Mr Lowe said he had never put a girlfriend in the boot of a car, adding the joke was 'not especially demeaning'. Lowe [also] said: 'I thought they were funny. They weren't brilliantly funny, but they amused me.'

Furthmore, does he not get credit for demonstrating enormous restraint here?

"These are very mild by comparison to some of the jokes I receive from business associates that I don't forward."

£100m hedge fund boss made 'sexist, dumb blonde' jokes in daily work emails [Daily Mail]
Hedge Fund Manager Mark Lowe Denies He Hired Escorts, Hit Man [Bloomberg]

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