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Christine Keeler, the Model Who Brought Down a U.K. Government, Dies at 75

Christine Keeler, the Model Who Brought Down a U.K. Government, Dies at 75
From TIME - December 6, 2017

LONDONChristine Keeler, the central figure in the sex-and-espionage Profumo scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at 75.

Her son, Seymour Platt, posted on Facebook that Keeler died Monday at a hospital near Farnborough in southern England.

Platt said on Facebook that his mother died late Monday night after suffering for several years from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

As many of you know my mother, Christine Keeler, fought many fights in her eventful life, some fights she lost but some she won, he said. She earned her place in British history but at a huge personal price. We are all very proud of who she was.

Keeler was a model and nightclub dancer in 1963 when she had an affair with British War Secretary John Profumo.

When it emerged that Keeler had also slept with a Soviet naval attache with ties to Russian intelligence, the collision of sex, wealth and national security issues caused a sensation and helped topple the Conservative government.

Profumo eventually resigned in disgrace after lying to the House of Commons about his relationship with Keeler. He threatened at the time to sue anyone who suggested there had been any inappropriate behavior with her.

The stunning sex scandal shed light on a previously well-hidden world of sex and alcohol fueled orgies among the political elite.

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