Bullingdon Club member accused of assaulting fellow student
A prominent member of Oxford University’s famous Bullingdon Club was arrested last week amid allegations of assault.
Nick Green, a fourth year Engineering student at University College, got into a fight with fellow student Etiene Ekpo-Utip on a night out in Oxford.
Sources suggest it was due to Ekpo-Utip’s close friendship with Green’s ex-girlfriend, Miranda Gilbert, a fourth year reading Russian studies at the same college as Green.
Green, an Old Etonian, is thought to be friends with Princess Beatrice and is a leading member of the historic Bullingdon Club, which is over 200 years old. He was on a night out with fellow members of the club when he approached Ekpo-Utip and Miss Gilbert, whom he had a relationship with while in his first year at Oxford.
The ensuing argument resulted in Green verbally and physically assaulting 22-year-old Ekpo-Utip, a student at Pembroke College, who suffered injuries that were so severe an ambulance was called to treat him.
At some point in the evening, the front window of Green’s student house was smashed. A neighbour described what he saw: “The police came and I saw a man being handcuffed and put into the back of the police car and then driven away. He was a posh boy, wearing a long elegant-looking jacket.”
Green’s reputation extends beyond Oxford, as he was named in society magazine Tatler’s ‘Little Black Book’ in 2009, which described him as “Oxford engineering undergrad who wears snakeskin Speedos while on the Zambezi river, we hear. This cupid is a great shot with a bow and arrow.”
A fellow student said of Green: “He’s well known for his involvement with the Bullingdon Club. They turn up at bars and clubs around the city and take over the VIP areas, throwing champagne around. It’s pathetic.”
Members of the club are notorious for their destructive behaviour around Oxford, and in 2009 the club was given an Anti-Social Behaviour Contract by Thames Valley Police.
Prominent members of the Bullingdon Club include BBC television presenter David Dimbleby and Conservative politicians George Osborne and Boris Johnson, as well as Prime Minister David Cameron.
Green engaged a solicitor in response to the allegations, but Ekpo-Utip, who modelled in Oxford Fashion Week and played Romeo in a production of Romeo and Juliet, has declined to press charges.