Billionaire chairman of Retail Empire, Arcadia group, Phillip Green have been named in an abuse case by the UK parliament.
The billionaire had successfully blocked the Daily Telegraph from naming him in an initial instance through a court order.
Peter Hain, member of the House of Lords named the businessman successfully because members of the UK parliament are shielded from defamation claims. He named Green in a parliament session.
Hains said It was his ‘duty’ to reveal Green’s name because of the accusations related to ‘serious and repeated sexual harassment, racist abuse and bullying which is compulsively continuing.’
Hain said he had been contacted by someone ‘intimately involved’ in the case.
Green issued a statement on Thursday denying the claims. ‘I am not commenting on anything that has happened in court or was said in Parliament today,’ he said
‘To the extent that it is suggested that I have been guilty of unlawful sexual or racist behaviour, I categorically and wholly deny these allegations.
‘Arcadia and I take accusations and grievances from employees very seriously and in the event that one is raised, it is thoroughly investigated.
‘Arcadia employs more than 20,000 people and in common with many large businesses sometimes receives formal complaints from employees. In some cases, these are settled with the agreement of all parties and their legal advisers. These settlements are confidential so I cannot comment further on them.’
Press Freedom and Court Injunctions
The accusation was first reported by the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday evening. The Front page story mentioned that a businessman, who could not be named had been using non-disclosure agreements to ‘silence and pay off his alleged victims with ‘substantial sums’ and that the court ruling that prevented the paper from naming him’ is expected to renew controversy about the use of injunctions to limit British press freedom.’
The next day, Jess Phillips, a Labour MP asked Prime Minister Theresa May about the use of NDA’s during her questions on Wednesday without naming Green.
May acknowledged in her response that ‘sexual harassment in the workplace is against the law, such abhorrent behavior should not be tolerated and an employer that allows that harassment of women to go undealt with is sending a message about how welcome they are and about their value in the workplace.’
‘Non-disclosure agreements cannot stop people from whistleblowing but it is clear that some employers are using them unethically,’ she added.
Green may likely lose his knighthood if found guilty as Prime Minister says harassment ‘can’t be tolerated’
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