UK paper reveals abuse claims against tycoon Philip Green

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 12, 2019

A British newspaper has published details of allegations of sexual and racial misconduct by retail tycoon Philip Green, after the Topshop owner dropped a legal bid to stop the claims being reported.

The retail tycoon also allegedly dragged a woman around in a headlock and smashed a male employee's mobile phone, the newspaper said.

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.

Among a slew of damaging revelations, the billionaire was alleged to have paid out more than £1 million for the silence of a senior female Arcadia executive after having groped her and called her a "naughty girl".

Green's lawyers deny that his conduct "amounted to any type of crime, or anything that would amount to gross misconduct, or a serious risk to health and safety".

Sir Philip also faces a £3m bill as a result of his failed legal battle to prevent the Daily Telegraph printing the claims against him.

The newspaper meant to publish allegations of misconduct made against Sir Philip by the employees - who all received substantial payments after settling their claims. Other staff complained about his treatment of ethnic minorities; he was said to feel there were "too many black people" in Arcadia.

In a statement from Sir Philip and Arcadia following the court's decision to drop the injunction, those who signed NDAs were urged to abide by them.

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

Sir Philip - who has strenuously denied the allegations - took out an injunction last August but was named in the House of Lords by Labour peer Lord Hain.

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.

Whistleblowing laws are to be reviewed by ministers after it emerged that Sir Philip Green paid nearly £1m to a black employee he had allegedly claimed was still "throwing spears in the jungle".

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