Gu registered a company in 2000 with Devillers to buy the six-bedroom villa in the French Riviera, with a view to secure the financial future of, Gu Kailai and Bo Xilai's son, Bo Guagua.
Gu, wanting to distance herself from the company, transferred her half of the company to Neil Heywood in 2007.
But by early-2011, Heywood and Gu had began to fall out, and Gu wanted to transfer the 50 per cent share to the girlfriend of Xu Ming to manage.
Devillers said this prompted Heywood to demand 1.4 million pounds or he would "expose everything".
"I've never seen Neil so angry before," Devillers said. "He was saying he was lied to and was fooled by her."
It was during this period that Gu said she began to fear for her son's safety, which ultimately led her to murder Heywood on November 15, and in turn set in train China's worst political scandal in a generation. - Sydney Morning HeraldLinkback: https://tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com/index.php?topic=74765.0