Curry king pictured with PMs and stars denies modern-day slavery after arrest

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A CURRY king who welcomed celebs into his restaurants has been arrested on suspicion of modern-day slavery.

Restaurauteur Enam Ali has entertained A-list guests including Johnny Depp and Pierce Brosnan.

He also helped organise the British Curry Awards, and has been pictured with Prime Ministers Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Theresa May as well as other politicians including Baroness Warsi.

The former Government advisor has been arrested after a police raid on his Le Raj restaurant in Epsom, Surrey.

A former member of staff from Bangladesh complained he had been forced to work long shifts with no pay, lived in squalor above the restaurant and could not go on holiday.

Boris Johnso, Enam Ali and Baroness Warsi

POLITICAL PALS: Enam Ali with PM Boris Johnson and Baroness Warsi (Pic: STEPHEN LOCK /I-IMAGES)

The worker also claimed he was kept on after his visa expired. The former employee is currently staying in London with family while trying to sort out a new visa.

Depp was such a fan of Le Raj’s bhajis he wanted to fly some to America.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “A person was arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences and released under investigation.”

Mr Ali denies the allegations. He also said his son Jeffery, 27, has run the restaurant since 2014.

Johnny Depp

A-LIST GUEST: Johnny Depp visited Le Raj while he was in London (Pic: INSTAGRAM)

The 58-year-old said: “In May 2015, I was informed by the Home Office an employee no longer had permission to work in the UK.

“As a result, I had to discontinue his employment. These awful, false allegations have only been made more than four years later, which is just one reason why this has come as such a shock.

“The allegations are false, incredibly damaging and deeply upsetting.”

Mr Ali once lobbied Mr Cameron to bring in “vindaloo visas” for curry house workers from the Indian subcontinent.

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