Bianca Jagger disputes 40 year-old story about arriving at Studio 54 on a white horse

"I find the insinuation that I would ride a horse into a nightclub offensive," says Jagger

Bianca Jagger has written a letter to a British newspaper to dispute a four-decade old story that she once arrived at Studio 54 on the back of a white horse.

Jagger was pictured on the horse alongside then husband Mick Jagger inside the New York nightclub on May 2 in 1977. However, in a letter published today (April 25) by the Financial Times, she clarifies that she did not walk through the door of the club while riding the animal.

Jagger says that Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell brought the horse to the club as a birthday surprise after seeing a picture of her as a child riding a similarly coloured one.

“It was a beautiful white horse that reminded me of mine,” Jagger writes, “and I made the foolish decision to get on it for a few minutes … No doubt you will agree with me that it is one thing to, on the spur of the moment, to get on a horse in a nightclub, but it is quite another to ride in on one. As an environmentalist and an animal rights defender I find the insinuation that I would ride a horse into a nightclub offensive … I hope that you can understand the difference between ‘coming in’ on a horse and getting on one.”

Jagger wrote the the Financial Times in response to a recently published interview with American businessman Barry Diller, who said she “came in” to Studio 54 on a horse.

Bianca Jagger writes to the FT to set record straight about Studio 54 horse incident. pic.twitter.com/a5KsjIACNX

— Matthew Garrahan (@MattGarrahan) April 25, 2015

Bianca Jagger was married to Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger from 1971 to 1978. The couple had one child together, daughter Jade, in 1971.

Mick Jagger recently said that he was keen to make a new record with his bandmates and, should that not happen, he will release a solo album instead.