Abuse claims against Topshop boss Philip Green detailed by paper

Marco Green
February 12, 2019

The Sunday Telegraph prints a further allegation against retail tycoon Sir Philip, who has denied his behaviour was criminal or amounted to gross misconduct.

The claims, published by the Daily Telegraph, included no-disclosure pay-offs to a male employee whose dreadlocks were mocked by the Arcadia boss and to a female executive who was groped.

It reported that she was one of five employees that signed non-disclosure agreements after being bullied or harassed.

Sir Philip has categorically denied the allegations, insisting he never meant to cause offence.

The American, who travelled to the United Kingdom to give evidence against Sir Philip but was denied her day in court as he abandoned his injunction just days before the trial was due to begin, said she was concerned that British women were being unfairly restricted because of the laws surrounding non-disclosure agreements.

He will now face a legal bill of around £3m according to reports, including the bulk of the Telegraph's costs.

Another female staff member was said to have been dragged around in a headlock.

The court injunction was first sought after Sir Philip and an executive at his Arcadia firm were contacted by a Telegraph journalist in July a year ago.

In all five cases, the employees had agreed to keep the details of their complaints confidential under NDAs.

He had been named by a parliamentarian in the House of Lords previous year as being at the centre of the then-suppressed reports.

Sir Philip labelled the injunction "pointless" after he had been named as the businessman behind it by Lord Hain, who used the protection of Parliamentary privilege in the House of Lords.

In a ruling in London on Friday, Mr Justice Warby granted Sir Philip and two of his companies permission to discontinue the proceedings - which was needed because of the injunction. The claims emerged after the stores billionaire last week abandoned a court action preventing a newspaper reporting allegations from former employers.

Sir Philip Green is facing mounting pressure to be stripped of his knighthood following allegations he sexually and racially abused staff members.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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