The man, who mugged footballer Dwight Yorke for his diamondencrusted watch, was described yesterday as a popular character who regularly cruised the capital's starstudded functions.
Celebrity minder Godfrey Kessie (25) now behind bars after admitting the attack in a nightclub toilet, "seemed to know everyone" and be able to talk his way into anywhere, jurors were told.
"He was just very popular, very popular indeed," said alleged accomplice Abbas Rizvi.
"I wanted to be a club promoter and Kessie knew loads of promoters. He had loads of contacts." The 24-year-old student, who insists he was just an innocent bystander during the robbery, told London's Southwark Crown Court the bodyguard firm chief even got him into a Brits Awards party one evening.
Kessie, of Salisbury Road, Wood Green, north London, is awaiting sentence after pleading guilty to robbing the Birmingham City striker in London's posh Funky Buddah nightclub on June 30 last year.
Both Rizvi, of Merlin Close, Edgware, north London, and Maiur Hirani (25) of Kenton Park Avenue, Kenton, north-west London, have denied the charge.
The trial continues.