Quintessentially, a concierge company run by the co-chairman of the UK’s Conservative party, created the website of an international escort agency called Le Besoin and registered it to its London headquarters.
Founded by Ben Elliot, co-chairman of the Conservative party and a friend of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Quintessentially helped set up the website in 2013.
Advertising “discreet, superior escort services” in cities including London, New York and Moscow for “high-profile gentlemen”, Le Besoin — French for “The Need” — offered a “members’ only” group of “high class models”, according to a cached version of the website, which was taken down last year.
The website was registered to Quintessentially’s office in Portland Place, west London, in 2013. Chris Charalambous, then creative director of Quintessentially, used his business email to register the domain.
The escorting website was flagged to a member of Quintessentially’s management in 2018 after a security audit of