LONDON — The ex-wife of disgraced former British climate change minister Chris Huhne told her trial on Thursday that he had put pressure on her to admit a speeding offence on his behalf.
Vicky Pryce said she refused point-blank when Huhne asked her to take the speeding points, but a few weeks later she received a letter nominating her as the driver and "exploded".
Greek-born Pryce, a 60-year-old senior economist, said when she refused to sign the letter and admit the offence her husband told her she was being "ridiculous".
She said Huhne told her: "'It's ridiculous you're not signing it, just sign here'."
Pryce told Southwark Crown Court in London: "I had no choice at the time because he was standing there saying 'This is it, this is the nomination form, you have got to sign this now'.
"It didn't look to me like I had any choice at all in the matter so I took this pen and signed, protesting all the time, but I did it."