BREAKING NEWS: Charge dropped against Hartlepool millionaire

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THE charge against a British millionaire arrested in a US nightclub following an incident in the toilets has been dropped, a court has confirmed.

Hartlepool entrepreneur and former Gadget Shop chairman Chris Gorman was arrested by police in Orlando, Florida, along with his wife, Mary, after a member of staff at the city’s Roxy venue found two men and a woman in the men’s toilets.

Police alleged that Mrs Gorman and the other man had been involved in tawdry behaviour although it did not form part of the final charge.

The couple, who live in Renfrewshire, Scotland, and are thought to be worth more than £40 million, do not face accusations of indecency.

Instead, Mr Gorman, 44, was accused of “interfering” with police who arrested his wife on August 13.

But his case at Orange County Court in Florida is now listed as “closed”.

A spokeswoman for the clerk’s office said: “The case is closed. The charge has been dropped.”

Mrs Gorman, 44, is accused of possessing cocaine and lashing out at a police officer.

She has been charged with a criminal “felony”, a more serious offence, and is due to stand trial in the new year.

Her husband had been arrested over a lesser “misdemeanour” accusation.

Mr Gorman made his millions in technology companies such as mobile phone retailer DX Communications and internet services firm Reality Group.

He was also the former executive chairman of the Gadget Shop chain and was awarded an OBE in 2005.

He played an active role in the high-profile Make Poverty History campaign that year.

Mr Gorman’s company DX Communications, whose turnover grew from £100,000 to £70 million in the late 1990s, was sold for £42 million. He later established and sold Reality Group in a £35 million deal.

Mrs Gorman describes herself as a “creative entrepreneur” with business interests in technology, music, beauty and the creative industries.