Topshop owner Philip Green accused of sexual harassment. Sir Philip Green of Topshop has been revealed to have allegedly sexually harassed and racially abuse his staff, according to The Telegraph.
On Tuesday, the publication reported that it had been prevented from publishing an investigation into the allegations. The investigation took eight months and included interviews with five staff members who claimed that they had received ‘substantial sums’ of money to not discuss what happened.
A media injunction was issued by a judge, making it illegal to ‘reveal the businessman’s identity or to identify the companies, as well as what he is accused of doing or how much he paid his alleged victims’ outside of Parliament.
However, on Thursday, Lord Hain, the former leader of the House of Commons, said that he had a ‘duty’ to reveal Green’s name under parliamentary privilege.
He told the House of Lords: “I have been contacted by someone intimately involved in the case of a powerful businessman using non-disclosure agreements and substantial payments to conceal [allegations] about serious and repeated sexual harassment, racist abuse and bullying.
“I feel it’s my duty under parliamentary privilege to name Philip Green as the individual in question, given that the media have been subjected to an injunction preventing publication of the full details of a story which is clearly in the public interest.”
66-year-old Green is the chairman of Arcadia group, which owns fashion brands Topshop and Dorothy Perkins.
According to Metro, five employees of companies within the group had made allegations about ‘discreditable misconduct’ by the executive.
Green has denied all allegations and many are calling for him to be stripped of his knighthood.