The ex-husband of a beautician suing a bed company for £1 million after she was left paralysed during a romp said she is ‘sex mad’ and ‘obsessed with money’.
Claire Busby, 46, is paralysed and will never walk again after being catapulted off the king-sized bed as she performed a sex act on married lover John Marshall, 55.
But her former husband Neil Bulmer, 51, described her as ‘obsessed with money’ and ‘always had a high sex drive.’
‘There’s only one person in the world and it’s her.
‘Claire was sex mad when we were together but I can’t believe she’s trying to blame the bed,’ he told The Sun.
Mr Marshall told London’s High Court, where his ex-lover is suing Beds Are Uzzz for £1million compensation, that at first he thought the accident was funny.
But then he realised the seriousness of what happened when Ms Busby, a successful beauty salon boss, couldn’t get up from the bedroom floor at her Surrey home.
Mr Marshall had been married to wife Sue, 48, for almost two decades and they had been officially split for a matter of days when he began a relationship with Ms Busby.
The Marshalls’ divorce papers show that they were officially separated on May 15th 2013.
And the High Court in London heard that Mr Marshall met Ms Busby in Spain in that same month.
The court heard that their relationship ‘took off’ after they went to the Chelsea Flower Show together, an event which ran between May 21 and May 25 in 2013.
However Mr Marshall insists that he and Ms Busby were not in a sexual relationship before he separated from Sue.
He said: ‘When that incident happened we were separated, I was not with Susan at the time and I want to make that very clear. Susan and I separated in May and the incident happened in August.
‘All this is dragging things up unnecessarily, my life is bad enough and so is Claire’s.’
Through his lawyer Tony Caplin he also said that the relationship with Ms Busby began after the separation.
However the speed with which Mr Marshall got together with Ms Busby left Mrs Marshall, with who he has two teenage daughters, devastated, friends have said.
One told MailOnline the accident exposed the relationship as her husband told her he was leaving their home near Alloa in Scotland to become Ms Busby’s carer.
But three weeks later the businessman – who is involved in a successful construction company had returned to Scotland, apparently telling friends that he was not cut out to be his disabled lover’s carer.
The friend said: ‘It wasn’t only Claire Busby’s life that was ruined that day, the fall-out from that incident devastated a family.
‘When Claire fell off the bed and broke her back John said he was moving down to Surrey to look after her, which left Sue very upset.’
Mr Marshall has re-married to his third wife since the divorce.
Mrs Marshall declined to comment on the end of her marriage yesterday at her home in Auchterarder, close to the prestigious Gleneagles golf club in Perth and Kinross.
Asked whether her husband was still married to her during the incident that injured property firm boss Ms Busby, she replied: ‘Yes, but it has nothing to do with me now. It did then, but it’s in the past. The case has dragged up a lot of things that we were trying to forget and it’s been very hard and very stressful.
‘There is nothing to be gained from going back over things and I have two daughters who are aged 17 and 19 who are finding all this extremely upsetting.’
However the friend added: ‘The divorce caused a lot of pain and upset. Now Sue is having to read all about the details again of how her husband got together with Claire so soon after their marriage collapsed.
Three times wed Mr Marshall, who has at least one son from his first marriage, plays a leading role in his family’s construction company, Marshall’s of Alloa, Clackmannanshire, and is also the boss of Beatsons Building Supplies Ltd, a firm which adopted him as a director in December 1988.
Mr Marshall is now living with his third wife at a converted farmhouse on the edge of Stirling.
In a statement presented before the High Court in London he told how he saw his lover roll backwards off the bed with her feet in the air in ‘slow motion’ while they were having sex.
‘I didn’t see how she landed and at first I laughed, not realising that she had hurt herself.
‘I was expecting her to get up and when she didn’t I laughed and said ‘get up’, but she said that she had hurt herself.
‘When I got up to look over the end of the bed she was laying on her side with her arm underneath her and I thought that she had hurt her arm.
‘She said she could not feel her arms and legs, I thought she was joking and I laughed. She told me again that she had hurt herself and to call an ambulance.
Ms Busby suffered a serious spinal injury after she fell from the super king-size double divan whilst changing positions and is suing the bed suppliers for compensation.
She recalled how she was kneeling in the middle of the bed performing a sex act on her partner when she decided to change positions.
She told the High Court this is when the bed gave way and she fell off and landed on her head.
She said: ‘I spun around, I put my hand down and then I felt like I was catapulted off the back of the bed.
‘My head hit the floor, I fell to the side and then I heard like a spring in my body snap, it felt like.’
The mother-of-four claims the bed was in a ‘defective state’ and has taken legal action against the Berkshire Bed Company, trading as Beds Are Uzzz, which supplied it.
The supplier denies any liability for Claire’s injuries and is arguing the bed was properly assembled.