An English woman, Ms. Lou Proud, the dismissed head of photographs at Phillips auctions in London, maintains that she is innocent of allegations of stealing photographic prints that were given to her in good faith for consignment to Phillips auctions in 2015.
Ms Proud, 46 years of age, of Hampstead , London, lost a civil action leading to her dismissal from Phillips auctions for racially aggravated harassment prior to working for the Qatar Museum Authority; she is being sued by two parties, including her former employer, for the return of the artworks which are valued at over £150,000.
In a separate incident, Ms. Proud was threatened with a restraining order by the British photographer Alison Jackson after Proud allegedly ' bombarded ' Jackson with phone calls and emails claiming that she owed her back payment for freelance work allegedly contracted by Jackson.
An order for costs has been served in the UK against Ms Proud for £250,000 by her former legal firm Kingsley Napley LLC . Neither Proud nor her legal representative were available for comment at this time .
Proud filed for bankruptcy before departing the UK for Qatar last month.