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938 THE ADVOCATE VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 the House”. Later that afternoon, Profumo was photographed at Sandown Park watching the horse races with the Queen Mother. For his part, Stephen Ward found himself on television where he endorsed Profumo’s version of events and dismissed the rumours and insinuations as “baseless”. The police, meanwhile, were focusing on Ward. They interviewed 140 of his friends as well as former patients. They tapped his telephone and put him under 24-hour surveillance. In the midst of the police gathering statements from Keeler and Rice-Davies damaging to both Profumo and Ward, Profumo managed to win a defamation action against an Italian magazine that hinted at his guilt (he won £50). Pressure, however, was building. On April 18, 19633 Keeler was attacked in her home and she told the police it had been Lucky Gordon, the other man involved in the love triangle, who had attacked her. Ward’s practice, meanwhile, was starting to crumble and he approached the Prime Minister’s personal assistant to beg for the police investigation to be called off. He also revealed that he had been covering up for Profumo who had been involved with Keeler after all. Ward repeated his story to the Home Secretary and then to the Prime Minister himself. At this point, Prime Minister Macmillan ordered the Lord Chancellor, Lord Dilhorne, to inquire into possible security breaches. By the end of May, when Profumo was on holiday in Venice with his wife, he realized the gig was up and he told his wife the truth. He returned to London and offered his immediate resignation which was accepted. On the day of Profumo’s resignation, Lucky Gordon’s trial began. Gordon sought to establish through the testimony of two witnesses that he was not present when Keeler was attacked. Neither witness could be located, however, and principally on the evidence of Keeler, Gordon was convicted and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. The next day Stephen Ward was charged with immorality offences— chiefly living off the proceeds of prostitution. The News of the World, meanwhile, printed “The Confessions of Christine Keeler” which told of the scandal from her perspective. At the same time the Sunday Mirror printed a handwritten letter on ministerial letterhead from Profumo to Keeler: Darling … alas, something’s blown up tomorrow night and I can’t therefore make it … I leave the next day for various trips and then a holiday so won’t be able to see you again until some time in September. Blast it. Please take great care of yourself and don’t run away. Love J. At this stage the lid was blown off the entire scene. Mandy Rice-Davies gave an interview where she spoke of a naked masked man who acted as a waiter at sex parties wearing a sign that read “if my services don’t please


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