Bo, however, denied that Friday, calling Gu’s testimony “fabricated.”
“Gu Kailai has changed,” he said, saying authorities have put her under pressure. “She’s gone mad and often tells lies.”
As proof of her unhinged mind, Bo said, Gu had compared herself in the days after Heywood’s death to one of the most famous would-be assassins in Chinese history, Jing Ke, who tried to kill China’s first emperor.
Details supplied by Gu and others filled out the already damning picture of how members of China’s party elite live. According to Gu, her family dined on Dalian abalone, an expensive delicacy, and kept a safe at home filled with U.S. and Chinese currency.
For their son, the couple’s billionaire acquaintance, Xu, paid off about $55,000 in credit card debt; bought a $14,000, Segway-like vehicle; and funded a jet-setting international lifestyle, according to testimony by Xu.
After one particularly expensive trip, their son came home with a big hunk of meat from an unidentified rare African animal and presented it as a gift to his father, Gu testified. Their son said it should be eaten raw, but Bo insisted that it be steamed.
“Guagua was very angry and said it’s very expensive and would be a waste to steam it, but it was finally steamed, and Guagua peeled it piece by piece and we ate it together,” Gu said, according to the transcripts. “It was quite tasty.”
Both Thursday and Friday, Bo denied any knowledge of such gifts and bribes. His son and wife were living primarily in England at the time, he said. When he and Gu did talk, the subject of money rarely came up.
“Gu would never act so low-class in front of me,” Bo said.
The proceedings, which state media initially billed as a two-day trial, will stretch into a third day Saturday, authorities said.
Li Qi contributed to this report.