Bell Pottinger

Partners of the former Bell Pottinger face demands for payments of $5.3M that they received during the year prior to the collapse of the British firm, according to The Times (London) of Oct. 11.

BP imploded in September 2017 in the aftermath of a racist campaign that it waged in South Africa on behalf of the Gupta family.

BDO, which liquidated the PR firm, is seeking cash from 90 ex-BP partners.

The professional services firm said it conducted a "rigorous investigation" into the deeds that govern the partners' obligations to BP. It intends to use the $5.3M to pay a chunk of the $9.2M that BP owes creditors.

The Times also reported that UK's Insolvency Service began an inquiry of BP to determine whether there were "breaches of duties or other misconduct" connected to the Gupta work.

BP's campaign attempted to divert attention from the cozy relationship between South Africa president Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family.

Zuma, 75, resigned as president in February under pressure from his political party, the African National Congress. He faces a raft of corruption charges.