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Frankel’s lawyer accused of using delay tactics

Billy Gundelfinger is accused of dragging sexual assault allegations against his client through the media.

FILE:Several people claiming to have been sexually assaulted by billionaire Sidney Frankel as children during the 1970's and 1980's, have laid a civil claim against the businessman. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG- Sidney Frankel's lawyer says it's outrageous to suggest that he's dragging the sexual assault allegations against him through the media and the courts.

In court papers filed on Wednesday, Frankel's accusers claim they attempted to resolve the matter amicably by approaching him and his wife in order to avoid taking the matter to court.

LISTEN:Recording of phone call made to Sidney Frankel's wife about his alleged sexual misdemeanours

The billionaire philanthropist has been accused by seven people of sexually assaulting them decades ago when they were young children.

They've filed a civil claim against him.

LISTEN:Recording of phone call made to Sidney Frankel about alleged sexual misdemeanours

Frankel's lawyer, Billy Gundelfinger, responded by bringing an application for security asking those claimants who live overseas to put up R145, 000 each.

Gundelfinger says it's not true that he's using legal delay tactics.

"This is completely false. I have taken valid procedural steps and it is outrageous that Ian Levitt, the attorney representing the seven plaintiffs, says in his affidavit that I am dragging the matter through the courts and the media."

In fact, he is the one who is guilty of this conduct," says Gundelfinger.

LISTEN: Sidney Frankel's lawyer responds to sexual assault claims