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Geri Halliwell ‘relieved and elated’ after Christian Horner is cleared of allegations of ‘inappropriate behaviour’

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Christian Horner married Geri Halliwell in 2015 (Photo: Getty)

Geri Halliwell is said to be ‘relieved and elated’ after her husband Christian Horner was cleared of the allegations of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ that had been made against the Red Bull team principal.

Horner had been under investigation for several weeks after a female employee of the Red Bull Formula 1 team accused him of ‘inappropriate and controlling behaviour’, claims the 50-year-old has always denied.

On Wednesday, ahead of the season opening race in Bahrain, Red Bull released the following statement: ‘The independent investigation into the allegations made against Mr Horner is complete, and Red Bull can confirm that the grievance has been dismissed. The complainant has a right of appeal.

‘Red Bull is confident that the investigation has been fair, rigorous and impartial.

‘The investigation report is confidential and contains the private information of the parties and third parties who assisted in the investigation, and therefore we will not be commenting further out of respect for all concerned.

‘Red Bull will continue striving to meet the highest workplace standards.’

Throughout the investigation, it was said that Halliwell was in ‘floods of tears’ and was ‘struggling to sleep or eat’ over the allegations.

Halliwell could well attend this weekend’s season opening race in Bahrain (Photo: Getty)

Despite being warned that a ‘toxic tinge’ could develop, the former Spice Girl has been standing by her husband whom she married in 2015.

Now, according to The Sun, Halliwell is ‘relieved and elated’ that the matter has been dealt with.

A source told them: ‘This has been weeks of hell for Christian and his family.

Christian Horner investigation timeline

How the scandal has unfolded…

Monday 5 February – Red Bull confirm investigation into Horner over ‘controlling behaviour’ allegations

Friday 9 February – Horner grilled by independent lawyer during eight-hour hearing

Thursday 15 February – Horner attends Red Bull’s 2024 car launch and publicly addresses allegations for first time – says he ‘fully denies’ any wrongdoing

Friday 16 February – Fresh allegations emerge in Dutch Newspaper De Telegraaf suggesting Horner sent messages of a ‘suggestive nature’ to a female employee

Wednesday 21 February to Friday 23 February – Horner attends Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain – says: ‘We hope there is a resolution as soon as possible’

Friday 23 February – Sixth series of F1: Drive to Survive releases on Netflix – Horner and wife Geri Halliwell feature in docuseries

Wednesday 28 February – Horner cleared of allegations – Red Bull say: ‘The investigation is complete and the grievance has been dismissed. The complainant has a right of appeal’

Thursday 29 February to Saturday 2 March – Formula 1 season gets underway with the Bahrain Grand Prix

‘As he has said all along, these claims are “nuts”. An exhaustive investigation has been carried out and the allegations have proven to be nonsense.

‘Geri has been rock solid behind Christian — and his whole family is relieved and elated that it’s over. Those feelings are there but no one close to Christian feels like celebrating much after what he’s been through.

‘For the time being his focus is back fully on winning races.’

Christian Horner investigation – what we know

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was under investigation over allegations of ‘controlling behaviour’.

Allegations made by female employee of Red Bull concern Horner’s ‘strict and controlling work regime’.

Horner said he ‘fully denies any accusations’, and was reportedly ‘shocked and disturbed’ by the allegations.

50-year-old is married to former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.

Halliwell said to be in ‘floods of tears’ over investigation but will stand by her husband despite warnings of a potential ‘toxic tinge’.

Horner attended Red Bull’s 2024 car launch at the team’s HQ in Milton Keynes and publicly addressed allegations for first time.

Hearing has been held into the matter, with independent lawyer handing in a 150 page dossier to Red Bull.

Horner was cleared of allegations on eve of new F1 season with Red Bull saying: ‘The investigation is complete and the grievance has been dismissed. The complainant has a right of appeal.’

Lewis Hamilton described investigation as ‘a really important moment for the sport – to make sure that we stand true to our values.’

F1, the FIA and rival team bosses lead calls for the investigation to be ‘swift and transparent’.

Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has denied claims he encouraged Horner to resign from his role at Red Bull.

Sky Sports reported on Wednesday that Halliwell could well attend the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, having been in the paddock for almost every single race of the past several years.

Horner himself is certainly determined to get back to racing, saying as much in his first comments since being cleared by Red Bull: ‘I’m just pleased that the process is over. I obviously can’t comment about it.

‘The focus is very much now on the grand prix and the season ahead and trying to defend both of our titles.

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‘I can’t give you any further comment. The process has been conducted and concluded.

‘I’m pleased to be here in Bahrain with the team focused on the season ahead. The team has never been stronger.’

Red Bull and their star driver Max Verstappen are tipped for another season of success in 2024, with the opening race of the year taking place in Bahrain on Saturday.

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