He may spend his working days contemplating the deepest mysteries of the universe, despite having been robbed of almost all physical movement by the cruelties of motor neurone disease.
But it seems the world-famous British physicist Stephen Hawking also has an interest in more earthier matters.
Cambridge university today admitted the 70-year-old has visited a swingers sex club in California.
The story emerged last week when a U.S. website reported that Professor Hawking dropped in at the Freedom Acres club in Devore, where he is said to have arrived with an entourage of nurses and assistants before paying for young, naked dancers to perform privately for him.
It’s been claimed that Professor Hawking had visited the club in the past five years.
A source said: ‘I have seen Steven Hawking at the club more than a handful of times.’
But today a Cambridge University spokesman said: ‘It is not true that Professor Hawking is a “regular” visitor to the club in question.
‘This report is greatly exaggerated. He visited once a few years ago with friends while on a visit to California.’
However, it is not the first time the professor has been linked to a risque establishment.
He has previously been photographed enjoying the attentions of young ladies in London’s Stringfellows club.
Owner Peter Stringfellow even declares himself a fan of the professor.
He said: ‘I am often asked during interviews of all the people I have met, who I am most impressed with.
‘Of all the film stars I have met, the majority are really nice people, rock stars are a lot of fun and good company, some of the richest men in the world can be surprisingly funny, but when all is said and done Professor Hawking is The Man.
‘Easily one of the most intelligent men in the world with one of the finest brains and on top of that so brave he takes my breath away – but he’s very human with it.
‘I remember asking him if he’d like to have a conversation with me about the universe or if he’d just like to watch the girls. The answer was quite simply, ‘The girls.’
Professor Hawking married Jane Wilde in 1965 and they went on to have two sons and a daughter.
That marriage was dissolved in 1995, when he married Elaine Mason, his former long-term carer. They divorced in 2007.
by Lorelle Heath