A BBC CREW SPENT THE DAY IN HIS FAMILY HOME AND ON THE CORPORATE PLANE, WHERE JOHN GRAY AT FIRST TRIED TO LAUGH OFF THE DIRT DUG UP FROM HIS PAST.
John Gray on plane
Interviewer: It is probably difficult to talk candidly or honestly about it
No I want to be very honest, as you know there’s been an inordinate amount of press in the UK and lot of it was so long ago it’s is what you would you call "spin by old times". There is no doubt that I erred I did things wrong it, there are reasons and excuses none of them are justified because, when you err, or you go outside the law, you are wrong, period, so if I give you a detailed story about, which is true, about how it was a construction company family oriented etc and that’s the reason I did it and I would do it again, it is wrong. Period. Never ever will. Period.
John Gray smiling
London from air at night
JOHN GRAY HAD FOILED THE ATTACK BY COMING CLEAN. NO AMOUNT OF MUD SEEMED TO STICK TO THIS SMILING AMERICAN.
Sid and George watch Spearmint Rhino
PETER STRINGFELLOW REGROUPED WITH HIS DETECTIVES. THERE SEEMED NO OPTION BUT TO ESCALATE THE CAMPAIGN.
Apartments above Spearmint rhino
STRINGFELLOW’S PRIVATE DETECTIVES TURNED THEIR ATTENTION TO THE BLOCK OF 120 APARTMENTS ON TOP OF HIS STRIP CLUB.
Sid and George exit car close
IT WAS TIME TO FIGHT DIRTY.
Scissors cut image for leaflet
Sid at photocopier
A RESIDENTS GROUP SPRANG UP TO COMPLAIN ABOUT SPEARMINT RHINO. BUT THE "RESIDENTS" ANGRY LEAFLETS HAD BEEN MANUFACTURED BY STRINGFELLOW’S MEN.
The purpose of the leaflet was the communicate to residents in the immediate area the impact of the opening of Spearmint Rhino.
JOHN GRAY TOOK ACTION TO NEUTRALISE THE THREAT.
We found that the residents, for whatever reason, did a massive u-turn in the course of their campaign to get Spearmint Rhino stopped
Whatever residents wanted John would give it to them
JOHN GRAY GOT OUT HIS CHEQUE BOOK. HE BOUGHT HIS WAY ON TO THE RESIDENTS COMMITTEE THAT WAS GIVING HIM SO MUCH TROUBLE.
He went and bought an apartment and called himself a resident. (Laughs claps.) I was very annoyed at the time.
And so from residents committee of 20 opposed to Spearmint Rhino it boiled down to one.
STRINGFELLOW WAS FOILED AGAIN.
Sid lights lighter
HIS DETECTIVES WENT BACK TO CLOSE SURVEILLANCE OF SPEARMINT RHINO.
Sid & George in car surveillance of Spearmint Rhino
THEY CHECKED THE RULEBOOK, FOR ANYTHING THAT COULD BRING THE CLUB DOWN. AND THEY FOUND SOMETHING ASTONISHING.
ALTHOUGH CAMDEN COUNCIL ALLOWED SPEARMINT RHINO’S DANCERS TO GO NUDE, BRITISH LAW SAID IT HAD TO BE STRICTLY "LOOK BUT DON’T TOUCH"
A BREAKTHROUGH CAME WHEN STRINGFELLOW WAS PASSED AN ALARMING REPORT.
Word kept coming back, ahh, he’s got girls in, God know where he got from, they are doing everything and anything whoa.
It was shocking. I was shocked. Hey, Peter Stringfellow was shocked. What a hypocrite. But I was shocked.
Paper taken out from George’s coat
If I read a few lines from that report it may give an indication of what we were up against.
"Some of the females pressed their breasts in their face and rubbed themselves all the way down the front of him "
String get picture taken
IF THE DETECTIVES COULD FILM TOUCHY-FEELY STRIPPING INSIDE SPEARMINT RHINO, STRINGFELLOW MIGHT STILL WIN HIS WAR.
Agents arrive at Tottenham ct road
Private eyes exit from car wide
I wanted to see if it was true.
Our first visit with covert recording equipment was a shot in the dark because we knew that the lighting in the club was really low.