George Best’s ex-wife claims Bashir tried to ‘ply her with drinks’ to land chat

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Alex Best told Susanna Reid and Bill Turnbull that Martin Bashir tried to "plough them [she and George's agent] with drinks" during George Best interview in 2000.

The wife of the late football star explained that George was "really ill" and in "hospital" when the Panorama interviewer instigated a meeting at a restaurant.

Recalling the moment, Alex claimed that she had to put her foot down when it came to alcohol as "persistent" Martin attempted to provide her and George's agent with drinks.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Alex said: "The documentary, I wasn't too happy with."

After Martin had "called and text" her on a number of occasions, she finally agreed to a meeting with the journalist and George's agent.

Alex said: "We met in a restaurant after George was in hospital and he tried to plough us with drinks and we had to say 'no, no, no.'"

The former model also believed that Martin was using "Princess Diana's name" in a bid to land interviews.

She told Susanna and Bill: "He was very persistent, we were going through a really terrible time as George was really ill.

"I had a letter through the door from Martin Bashir, saying that he would love to do an interview with George and it was all very complimentary and he also said about Princess Diana.

"He used it as a hook to real you in."

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