05 October 2009
A woman criticised for taking huge fees for her consultancy work for collapsed carmaker MG Rover has spoken out at media scrutiny of her personal life.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Qu Li said she had been punished twice. "I feel that I was stoned to death for three years by government inspectors. Now I am being stoned to death again by the press," she told the newspaper last week.
Li received contracts totalling more than £1.6 million from MG Rover and had a "personal relationship" with one of its directors, Nick Stephenson, according to a UK government-commissioned report into the firm's closure. Li told the FT: "Maybe sometimes the support went slightly beyond the boundaries. But as far as I am concerned this was not a relationship."
Chinese-born Li said she was "rubbished" in the report, which described her fees to help MG Rover find a Chinese buyer as "much too high". Apart from her translation skills, the report added, she "didn't seem to add much".