David Gest is far from shocked by charges Liza Minnelli forced her former assistant to have sex with her - because he claims the star always walked around naked in front of her ex-employee.

On 9 November (04) M'HAMMED SOUMAYAH launched a $100 million (GBP53,000) lawsuit against Minnelli in a New York court, accusing the CABARET star of assault and battery, breach of contract, withholding payment for services rendered and sexual harassment over a decade.

Furious Minnelli recently struck back with a countersuit, claiming Soumayah is conspiring with estranged husband Gest to destroy her.

But Gest claims Minnelli had long been showing signs of inappropriate behaviour with Soumayah.

In an interview on American TV show THE BIG IDEA WITH DONNY DEUTSCH he said, "I always wondered why she would walk around naked in front of the person that was more like her assistant. She said, 'It's only M'hammed.' But obviously there was more to that."

15/02/2005 21:42