James Henderson
James Henderson

The administrator winding down Bell Pottinger want its former CEO James Henderson to pay about $525K for profits that were wrongly taken from the UK firm before it collapsed in the aftermath of the racist campaign that it ran in South Africa on behalf of the Gupta family.

Professional services firm BDO sent letters seeking cash to Henderson and 40 other BP partners according to a report in today’s Times of London.

BDO says the partners must cough up payments they received for anticipated profits that never materialized.

It claims to have conducted a “rigorous investigation” into the partnership and is seeking the monies “in accordance with our duties as administrators."

BP owes creditors about $9M.

Henderson, who was BP’s largest shareholder, stepped down before the firm collapsed in September 2017.

He claimed to have nothing to do with the Gupta effort, which was designed to divert attention from its corrupt ties to the government of President Jacob Zuma, who resigned in February 2018 after a vote of no-confidence in parliament.