Anna Chapman, the young Russian woman at the centre of "deep cover" spy ring allegations has been romantically involved with a rich businessman more than twice her age, it has been claimed.
By Tom Leonard in New York 7:51PM BST 01 Jul 2010
Miss Chapman, 28, told friends she had been seeing Michael Bittan, 60, a New Jersey millionaire, after they met more than a year ago in a Manhattan nightclub popular with Russians.
"He was older but he clearly loves surrounding himself with beautiful women, mostly Russian, and since the spring Anna was in his inner circle," a member of the same party set told the New York Daily News.
Miss Chapman, who moved to New York in February after living for in London for four years, could be jailed for five years if convicted of conspiracy to act as the agent of a foreign government.
Described by a prosecutor as a "practised deceiver", she has already been denied bail as a potential flight risk.