A former girlfriend of Muhammad Ali has made a sick bid to cash in on
his death by offering for sale tapes she claims show him at sex
Barbara Mensah, who alleges her daughter Kiiursti is the lovechild of
the three-times world heavyweight champion, wants a six-figure sum for
Just two days after The Greatest was buried at a funeral attended by
world leaders and celebrities, grasping Barbara told the Sunday People
: "I know the value of the footage.
"No one has anything like this. I'd like to get as much as I can for it."
The scheming mum said she is looking for more than $100,000 – about £70,000.
Barbara, 70, has already made inquiries to get the old cine film
transferred on to CD to make her sordid deal easier to clinch.
She claimed the footage was shot at "gumbo parties" arranged after his fights.
She said: "There would be Ali and a few of his guys and then about a
dozen or more girls.
"All of them were stunning. Muhammad couldn't keep away from a pretty
girl whether he was married or not.
"The tapes show them having sex.
"They used to call them gumbo parties – it was a mix of everything."
Gumbo is a traditional Louisiana stew.
Barbara claims the tapes were entrusted to her by one of Ali's
Speaking about her relationship with the legendary boxer, she said:
"Ali always referred to me as his wife with great respect and not as a
Barbara also claims to have written a "blockbuster" book about her
life with Ali which eight publishers are competing for.
Kiiursti, 35, who looks remarkably like the ex-world heavyweight
champ, is said to be the result of a 20-year affair Barbara had with
Ali in his heyday.
She claims a 1988 paternity test proves Kiiursti is his child,
although Ali is not named on her birth certificate.
Barbara was in Louisville, Kentucky, for a Muslim prayer service for
Ali on Thursday the day before his funeral attended by over 100,000
She stood just yards from Ali's family, at one point coming within a
few feet of Ali's widow Lonnie, 59, who she blames for cutting her out
of his life.
Showing pictures of Ali's coffin on Facebook, Barbara wrote: "It
really, really hurts and only time will ease the pain R.I.P until we
"I'm so glad I came to say goodbye to my love you were always there
for me I never would have miss your home going for the world."
And taking a swipe at the boxer's widow, she added: : "Yes she tried
to keep me from you in life and in death but here I am at the private
funeral. R.I.P. my love."
Earlier Barbara had posted a picture of blonde girl in lingerie posing
with two men in pyjamas and claimed it was taken at a gumbo party.
Ali, 74, who had suffered the nervous wasting disease Parkinson's for
at least 32 years, died nine days ago from sceptic shock after being
rushed to hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, with breathing problems.
Barbara claims Lonnie blocked her and her daughter out of Ali's life
after he became too ill from the degenerative disorder to venture out
on his own.
She said Ali had regularly visited toddler Kiiursti in Houston until
she was five but after that the visits became less frequent.
By the age of 13 all contact had stopped and the only other time they
saw him was at an autograph signing in Dallas.
Kiiursti previously said: "My mom isn't bitter, not at all.
"She knows it's not his fault. When he was able to do things, it was
OK. Then he got sick. That was the end for me."
Barbara was a teenage beauty when newly crowned world champ Ali met
her on a visit to Houston.
In 1967 Ali changed his legal residence to the Texas city.
And it was there in April that year that he made worldwide headlines
when he refused to be conscripted into the US Army for the war in
America's prestigious Life magazine did a special edition on Ali's
defiance and published a photo of him with Barbara.
The four-times-married boxer officially had nine children and Kiiursti
claims she has met Laila Ali, 38, who became a boxer herself.
Kiiursti says she also speaks to Ali's only biological son Muhammad
Ali Jr who was estranged from his father for more than two years
before his death and also blames widow Lonnie for cutting him out.
Kiiursti has denied to Ali's relatives that she and her mother want a
slice of the superstar's money.
She said: "The rest said I just want money. I said, 'Seriously, you
just don't know what's going on, do you.'"
When news of Ali being rushed to hospital broke Kiiursti wrote on
Facebook: "I will be there very soon daddy just hold on...your baby
girl is on the way!!"
But when he died next day she was still in Texas.
Sources claim Ali's will could become the subject of a legal wrangle
among his family including Muhammad Ali Jr, who lives in poverty in
Chicago's crime-plagued South Side.
The bitter 44-year-old claimed the champion had seen his two
granddaughters only once and that he was having to raise them in a
two-bedroom flat, unable to pay electricity bills and accepting
charity donations of food.
As well as the family battle rumours have already surfaced Ali's
estate maybe subjected to claims for a share of his £55million
fortune by people claiming to be his children.
Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the champ's second wife, has insisted her former
husband has several children who remain unknown.
"They're going to come out of the woodwork like roaches," she said.
"I had to protect Ali from lots of paternity suits.
"I went through a lot with that man – he had a real dark side.
"Other cheats didn't have nothing on Muhammad Ali."