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TOPSHOP boss Sir Philip Green grabbed women’s breasts, slapped their bottoms and grabbed their thighs, a peer said today.
Hundreds of grievance cases were raised by staff against the retail tycoon who owns the Arcadia Group, and who has “categorically and wholly” denied the claims, the House of Lords heard.
The allegations were revealed by Lord Hain, who last year used parliamentary privilege to identify Mr Green as the person behind a legal injunction preventing the Daily Telegraph from publishing allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse.
Revealing the account of a victim for the first time, Mr Hain quoted: “‘Hundreds of grievance cases were raised with HR. The company lawyer who interviewed me then lied. Sir Philip screamed and shouted at staff ‘to go to psychologists.’
“‘Victims went to an employment tribunal but were told it would not get anywhere so settled with an NDA [non-disclosure agreement].
“‘Some were worn down with spiralling legal costs costing them a fortune. He broke some in the end. It was horrible … He is still doing exactly the same thing. It is rife, it happened all the time. I saw him grab the breasts of others. This has gone on for a long time’.”
Mr Hain was criticised at the time for naming Mr Green, as some lawyers and legal experts said it was an abuse of parliamentary privilege, but he was backed by multiple MPs.
Meanwhile, shopworkers’ union Usdaw called on Mr Green yesterday to recognise the union after the closures of 23 of his shops were announced, with more than 500 jobs at risk.
Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Topshop and Topman stores have been earmarked for closure as part of a company voluntary arrangement.
Usdaw national officer Dave Gill said: “Let’s not have another BHS-style scandal that would further damage Philip Green’s reputation and question his integrity.”
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