Revealed: The late-night messages Damian Willoughby sent to Catalina Kim

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File photo dated 03-03-2022 of a general view outside of Stamford Bridge, Home of Chelsea Football Clu. Chelsea fans must stop the "completely inappropriate" chanting of Russian owner Roman Abramovich's name, the Prime Minister's spokesman has said - John Walton/PA Wire
File photo dated 03-03-2022 of a general view outside of Stamford Bridge, Home of Chelsea Football Clu. Chelsea fans must stop the "completely inappropriate" chanting of Russian owner Roman Abramovich's name, the Prime Minister's spokesman has said - John Walton/PA Wire

Damian Willoughby, Chelsea's commercial director, sent Catalina Kim, a football finance agent, late-night messages asking if she was naked and offering to introduce her to Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano if she promised to “be naughty one night”.

The messages have resulted in Willoughby being sacked by Chelsea.

In the eight screenshots that Kim sent to Chelsea’s president of business Tom Glick, Willoughby repeatedly made sexual references in his messages despite being knocked back on each occasion.

It was on June 30 last year that Kim asked Willoughby, while he was working for the City Football Group, about the possibility of approaching Soriano on her behalf.

Willoughby replied: “When you come to London will you be naughty?” Kim said “no” but when she asked again she was met with the same response. Trying to move the conversation on, Kim again raised the prospect of approaching Soriano. But after saying “happy to connect you”, Willoughby added in a new message: “If you promise to be naughty one night.”

In a message sent in July 2021, Willoughby asked how her morning was to which she told him she was being “lazy” and still in bed. He replied: “Naked obviously”. When Kim said: “Not obviously”. Willoughby replied with two messages that said: “Haha send pic. I am naked.” He then offered to send Kim a picture, but she replied: “No please.”

Later in the conversation, after he had suggested booking a penthouse for them, Kim reminded Willoughby that he was married. Six days later, Willoughby sent an alleged sexually explicit video, prompting Kim to ask: “Are you not going to apologise for the traumatic video you’ve shared with me?”

Later that month, on July 29, Willoughby asked Kim: “Remind me what days were we not having sex?” To which she replied: “That is Mondays to Sundays” before then reminding him that a business dinner they were arranging would not “increase the possibility of having sex.”