Model lifts the lid on her time as Saudi arms dealer’s ‘pleasure wife’
We have all heard horror stories about women who have been manipulated and abused by men in power. The Harvey Weinstein scandal has continued to rock Hollywood in the three weeks that have passed since the New York Times published their damning exposé. The report detailed the disgraced film mogul's history of sexually harassing and abusing young women.
Several household names, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan and Cara Delevingne, have come forward to tell of their run-ins with the producer, who is responsible for cult classics such as Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare in Love.
This high-profile case has also prompted other women to speak out about their experiences with abusive men, and one such example is the model and founder of surf brand Roxy, Jill Dodd.
Jill Dodd, who used to model for Vogue, has recently spoken out about her time as one of a Saudi arms dealer's 11 "pleasure wives". In her memoir, The Currency of Love: A Courageous Journey to Finding the Love Within, Jill documents her time with businessman, Adnan Khashoggi - with whom she had a decidedly unsavoury relationship.
Jill states that she met Khashoggi at a party in Monaco back in 1980. She wrote: "I realised I’d never met such an intelligent, worldly and amusing man as Adnan, a 44-year-old father of five". "Yes, he had incredible wealth, but he also had a peaceful kind of strength [...] Slowly, I was falling for his charms," she continued.
However, maybe Jill should have paid attention to the red flags, as Khashoggi then proceeded to write a love message on her arm... penned in blood.
"He pulled up my sleeve and he wrote ‘I love you’ I was like oh my god that’s blood and I was kind of shocked. But I thought it was really funny and cute at the same time."
Jill, who was wholly in love with Khashoggi by this point, eventually agreed to become one of his 11 "pleasure wives", a set up which is legal under Saudi Arabian law. She wrote, "In that moment, I became a member of Adnan’s harem, taking turns with other women to have sex with the man I love."
And in an interview with Peter Stefanovic of 60 Minutes fame, Jill elaborated that she signed a "five-year contract" with Khashoggi after he told her that he wanted to "take care of her":
"He had this whole compound with several suites … several different cottages around it. I had my own cottage and Adnan’s cottage or Adnan’s house or portion of the compound was private. So when I saw him, I would be alone with him in his place or he would come see me in my cottage."
And Jill now believes that Khashoggi was paying modelling agencies to "provide" him with beautiful models for his many parties:
"We did [cocaine] recreationally. We would lock ourselves in a room for days, we would make love, we would eat, the chef would bring us food. I didn’t think of myself as one of those women but I evidently was. I mean, I was. I never thought of myself as a hooker though. I still don’t think that."
Jill also asserted that while there was no bad blood between the "pleasure wives", they were kept away away from each other: "Even though there were other women around, I didn’t know who was a fellow pleasure wife, a casual lover or a flirtatious friend. There was no real relationship between us females."
Eventually Jill decided that she no longer desired to be in a polygamous relationship and subsequently broke free of the toxic arrangement. And she is now happily married with three children.