Lord Ashcroft’s daughter-in-law, Jasmine Hartin, denied taking cocaine the night she allegedly shot and killed a cop in Belize – saying the death was a “horrific accident”.
Hartin, 32, was arrested in May after being accidentally killed with a Glock of Belize Police Superintendent Henri Zemmott during a drinking session.
The socialite has now said that the incident was a “horrible accident”.
Speaking in an interview with CBS she said: “I think a lot of people misunderstand me… they don’t see the healthy side of me.
“The things that are at stake right now are my relationships with my children, my freedom, my business, my money, my character, my reputation and my life.
“It was not murder at all. Henry was my friend. …that day changed everyone’s life.”
He continued: “I did drink some. Yes. I was not drunk”, daily mail informed of.
“I certainly don’t have a drug problem. And I would say the substance they found was not mine.”
Asked if he pulled the trigger, he said: “I – I am – I don’t know. Me – I – I mean, was it an accident, or did the gun misfire. But did I pull the trigger consciously ? No.”
He continued: “So, the bullet went off and he fell on me. And all I could feel was the warmth. And I realized later – he was bleeding all over me.
“I was shaking her. … I didn’t know what to do. … As I was trying to free my way to provide assistance, her body was gliding from the dock into the water.
“It was a terrible accident.”
The police found him covered in blood at the ghat. But Mr. Jemott’s family does not believe in the incident of Miss Hartin.
Ms Hartin has two sons with Lord Ashcroft’s son Andrew, who is a developer and owner of the resort where Ms Hartin was staying.
He was released on bail despite prosecutors pressuring him to stay in prison, but the release was dependent on good behaviour.
Hartyn was briefly sent back to prison after a confrontation with Lord Ashcroft about allegedly making sure she could not see his children.