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  • Daniel Harris, 33, allegedly made big profits as boss of gang delivering cocaine
  • Was 'broke' in the months before he met Ms Kilbey, he told jury at the Old Bailey
  • Prosecutor Mr Clement: 'Would you say you're a man with expensive tastes?'
  • Harris then replied: 'Champagne tastes, lemonade money, yes' 

By Rory Tingle For Mailonline

Published: 08:31 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 09:07 EST, 17 February 2017

The boyfriend of Towie star Cara Kilbey told a jury he had 'champagne tastes' but 'lemonade money' as he denied living in luxury from an illicit drugs trade.

Daniel Harris, 33, allegedly made huge profits as boss of a gang delivering cocaine around central London with moped couriers disguised as trainee taxi drivers.

Giving evidence in his Old Bailey trial, Harris, who is originally from Liverpool, said he was 'broke' in the months before he met Ms Kilbey and lived 'frugally' in Spain.

Cara Kilbey posted a Valentine's Day message of support to her partner Daniel Harris at the start of his trial at the Old Bailey  Cara Kilbey posted a Valentine's Day message of support to her partner Daniel Harris at the start of his trial at the Old Bailey 

Cara Kilbey posted a Valentine's Day message of support to her partner Daniel Harris at the start of his trial at the Old Bailey 

Daniel Harris, 33, (left, with Ms Kilbey) allegedly made huge profits as boss of a gang delivering cocaine around central London with moped couriers disguised as trainee taxi drivers Daniel Harris, 33, (left, with Ms Kilbey) allegedly made huge profits as boss of a gang delivering cocaine around central London with moped couriers disguised as trainee taxi drivers

Daniel Harris, 33, (left, with Ms Kilbey) allegedly made huge profits as boss of a gang delivering cocaine around central London with moped couriers disguised as trainee taxi drivers

Cross-examining, prosecutor Peter Clement said: 'Would you say you are a man with expensive tastes?'

Harris replied: 'Champagne tastes, lemonade money, yes.'

The former Royal Bank of Scotland banker told how he cashed in two cars he was given by his parents for just under £20,000 to pay for his lifestyle.

By January 2014, when he went to stay with his father in Spain, Harris told jurors he was 'completely and utterly broke'.

Cross-examining, prosecutor Peter Clement said: 'Would you say you are a man with expensive tastes?' Harris replied: 'Champagne tastes, lemonade money, yes' Cross-examining, prosecutor Peter Clement said: 'Would you say you are a man with expensive tastes?' Harris replied: 'Champagne tastes, lemonade money, yes'

Cross-examining, prosecutor Peter Clement said: 'Would you say you are a man with expensive tastes?' Harris replied: 'Champagne tastes, lemonade money, yes'

The former Royal Bank of Scotland banker told how he cashed in two cars he was given by his parents for just under £20,000 to pay for his lifestyle. Pictured: Harris and Ms Kilbey The former Royal Bank of Scotland banker told how he cashed in two cars he was given by his parents for just under £20,000 to pay for his lifestyle. Pictured: Harris and Ms Kilbey

The former Royal Bank of Scotland banker told how he cashed in two cars he was given by his parents for just under £20,000 to pay for his lifestyle. Pictured: Harris and Ms Kilbey

By January 2014, when he went to stay with his father in Spain, Harris told jurors he was 'completely and utterly broke' (Harris and Ms Kilbey together) By January 2014, when he went to stay with his father in Spain, Harris told jurors he was 'completely and utterly broke' (Harris and Ms Kilbey together)

By January 2014, when he went to stay with his father in Spain, Harris told jurors he was 'completely and utterly broke' (Harris and Ms Kilbey together)

He said: 'I have lived pretty frugally. I borrowed money from my mum. I was paying the bills I had outstanding.'

Asked what he was doing for money, he said: 'I borrowed money off my mum and sister and my dad helped me out as well.

Pictured is Towie star Ms Kilbey (right) leaving Wandsworth Prison after visiting Harris Pictured is Towie star Ms Kilbey (right) leaving Wandsworth Prison after visiting Harris

Pictured is Towie star Ms Kilbey (right) leaving Wandsworth Prison after visiting Harris

'I went to Crossfit gym and lazed about to be honest with you, a nomad. I had a girlfriend at the time and she paid for the flights.'

By July 2014, when Harris met Ms Kilbey in Spain, he said 'to put it bluntly' the other woman went out of the picture.

He moved back to Britain in September of that year and moved in with his celebrity girlfriend after she became pregnant, the court heard.

His expensive purchases included a pair of £300 Louis Vuitton sunglasses and a £1,900 bag as a birthday present for Ms Kilbey, he said.

He also spent £2,000 in Harrods, bought designer Brunello Cucinelli shoes for £370 and splashed out £1,200 on a Hermes leather jacket, the court heard.

Harris, of Theydon Bois, Essex, has denied that any of the money came from drugs.

He denies plotting to supply cocaine and heroin and possessing criminal property, cash totalling £116,000 which was found stashed in his young daughter's nursery following his arrest.         

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