Former model and popular businesswoman, Jill Dodd, revealed that she was a ‘pleasure wife’ for a Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi, who died in June this year.
Speaking in an interview she spoke about her relationship with the former arms dealer and businessman and said that she spent two years as one of Khashoggi’s multiple wives in exchange for a life of luxury.
She recalled her first meeting with Khashoggi at a party on the French Riviera when she was just 21 years old.
“I realized I’d never met such an intelligent, worldly and amusing man as Adnan, a 44-year-old father of five,” she said.
“Yes, he had incredible wealth, but he also had a peaceful kind of strength,” she explained.
She added that she fell ‘for his charms’ and was totally swept off when he wrote a love message on her arm in his own 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,” she recalled.
“But I thought it was really funny and cute at the same time.”
She was then invited to his yacht, the 83m Nabila, the world’s biggest private cruiser during the time, which was later sold to current US President Donald Trump.
Soon after, Khashoggi asked her to become one of his 11 “pleasure wives” via a five-year contract, claiming that Saudi law allows a man to have up to 11 “pleasure wives”.
After she agreed, the couple went on to lead a life featuring high-end parties, sex, and recreational drugs.
“We would lock ourselves in a room for days and we would make love, we would eat, the chef would bring us food, we would do cocaine and sleep when we wanted and not sleep when we wanted,” she said, adding that he was “a great lover.”
Two years into the relationship, Khashoggi offered to pay her tuition at one of America’s top design colleges.
Explaining the technicalities of their arrangement in her memoir, The Currency of Love: A Courageous Journey to Finding the Love Within, Dodd revealed, “[I was] taking turns with other women to have sex with the man I love.”
She said he had a compound comprising of several suites and cottages.
“I had my own cottage and Adnan’s cottage or Adnan’s house and a portion of the compound was private,” she explained. “So when I saw him, I would be alone with him in his place or he would come see me in my cottage”.
Though, she was allowed to have other boyfriends, Dodd remained faithful to the man throughout her relationship.
“I never thought of myself as a hooker […] and have no regrets”
Sharing her lover with numerous other women “didn’t hit [her] until later,” according to Dodd.
“I didn’t think of myself as one of those women but I evidently was.”
She wrote in her book that she just wanted to be with him and “didn’t care about the details” back then.
She went on to say, “I never thought of myself as a hooker though. I still don’t think that”.
In the early 80’s Jill Dodd was an up-and-coming model. Then, at a party on the French Riviera she caught the eye of the world’s richest man pic.twitter.com/B0Ex2DftOJ
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) October 22, 2017
However, the polygamy soon started to make her uncomfortable. She decided to split after he made it clear that monogamy was out of the equation.
“When I was in my 20s, I had a sense of shame about being with Adnan,” she admits. “But I never forfeited my independence, ambition or creative expression when I was with Adnan and have no regrets.”
Dodd went on to launch the popular surf brand Roxy and has been married for 18 years.