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Inverness millionaire's ex reduces damages claim

Julie Zelent
Image caption Julie Zelent claims the relationship left her "economically disadvantaged"

A woman suing her millionaire ex-partner has reduced her claim for damages from £500,000 to £219,500.

Julie Zelent, 51, who now lives in the US, said her two-year relationship with Inverness businessman Alan Savage, 61, left her "economically disadvantaged".

She is claiming for loss of earnings, employment benefits and pension rights.

All evidence has been heard during a six-day hearing at Inverness Sheriff Court and counsel for both parties were expected to finish summing up later.

Sheriff Margaret Neilson will issue her judgement on the case later this year.

Mr Savage has denied Ms Zelent's allegations that include him telling her what to wear and breaking a promise of marriage.

Ms Zelent said that, after meeting on a flight from Edinburgh to London in June 2006, Mr Savage, a widower at the time, later convinced her to give up her £54,000-a-year IT job with Royal Bank of Scotland and join him in Inverness.

She told the court that the bank said it was not possible for her to work out of Inverness but Mr Savage offered her a job at his company.

Mr Savage runs a company called Orion and is a former chairman of Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC.

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