Tim Bell
Tim Bell

BDO, which is administering the winding down of Bell Pottinger, is seeking $1.3M from Tim Bell for allegedly breaching his exit deal by making disparaging comments on the BBC about the collapsed firm, according to today’s Times of London.

Described as “one of Britain’s best-known spin doctors," Bell left the firm 13 months before it collapsed in September 2017 in the aftermath of a racist campaign that it ran in South Africa on part of the Gupta family.

When the BBC interviewer asked if the South Africa scandal meant it was “curtains” for BP, Bell said, “almost certainly.”

He then quoted Sir Walter Scott, “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

Bell was part of the BP team that went to South Africa in 2016 for meetings with the Guptas, but he was not part of the day-to-day management of the account.

The 77-year-old was a top adviser to former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher.