Topshop boss Sir Philip Green reportedly grabbed women's breasts and slapped female employees' bottoms, according to a member of the House of Lords.
Lord Peter Hain publicly read a complainant's allegations against the Arcadia group chairman during a session of the House of Lords on Thursday. The complaint said that "hundreds of grievance cases" were raised against Sir Philip with human resources.
"'He was touching and repeatedly slapping women staff's bottoms, grabbing thighs, and touching legs,'" Lord Hain quoted from the complaint.
"'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 long time.'"
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets entrepreneur Sir Philip Green at St James's Palace in London during reception for business leaders celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Retail Trust.
Anna Wintour, editor of US Vogue Magazine and retailer Philip Green at the Preen show during the 2006 London Fashion Week (autumn/winter season), from Cardinal Place, central London, Wednesday 15 February 2006. Watch for PA story. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Andrew Parsons/PA
Kate Moss and Sir Philip Green arrive at the Holland Park Theatre in west London for the Top Shop Unique Spring/Summer show as part of London Fashion Week.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair (left) comments on the tie worn by Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green during a visit for the official opening of the Fashion Retail Academy in central London.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair (right) talks to Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green during a visit for the official opening of the Fashion Retail Academy in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 31 2006. Sir Philip Green today offered Tony Blair a job when his premiership ends - in the fashion industry.The Arcadia boss made the proposition as the Prime Minister attended the opening of the Fashion Retail Academy's new buildings in central London. See PA story POLITICS Blair. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/WPA rota/PA.
Sir Philip Green and Kate Moss arrive for Swarovski Fashion Rocks for The Prince's Trust at the Royal Albert Hall in central London.
Sylvester Stallone and Philip Green arrive for the UK Premiere of Rambo at the Vue West End, London
Bernie Ecclestone chats to Sir Philip Green (right) at the Grand Prix and Fashion Unite at The Amber Lounge, Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel, Monaco.
Sir Philip Green and Naomi Campbell attend the launch of Mario Testino's 'Obsessed By You' exhibition at Phillips de Pury & Company, Howick Place, south London.
Sir Philip Green and Elizabeth Hurley at the afterparty for the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2008, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.
Simon Cowell and Sir Philip Green are seen leaving Vanilla in London.
Sir Philip Green and Kate Moss in the front row at the Topshop Unique Spring/Summer '10 catwalk show during London Fashion Week at the Topshop Venue, University of Westminster in London
Nicola Roberts and Sir Philip Green at the National Magazine Company 30 Days of Fashion and Beauty 2009 gala party at the Natural History Museum in London.
Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green and a group of Mrs Claus stop traffic on Oxford Street, London, to launch London's fifth annual Shop West End VIP Day (Very Important Pedestrian Day) on December 5, 2009, which will see Oxford Street and Regent Street closed to traffic from midday.
Naomi Campbell and Philip Green attend the Christopher Kane fashion show as part of London Fashion Week held at the TopShop venue in central London
Sir Philip Green, Chloe Green (centre) and Tina Green (left) arriving for the 2010 World Music Awards at the Sporting Club, Monte Carlo.
Prime Minister David Cameron talks to Sir Philip Green at Downing Street, central London during a meeting for business leaders.
Kate Moss with Sir Philip Green, owner of Arcadia Group, and his daughter Chloe, at Topshop's flagship Oxford Street store, London, where the model launched her last signature collection for the high street clothing chain.
Sir Philip Green and Simon Webbe attending the Retail Trust London Ball, at Grosvenor House in London.
Sir Philip Green with his daughter Chloe arrive for the Burberry Fashion Show at Hyde Park as part of the London Fashion Week.
Samantha Cameron reacts to owner of Top Shop Sir Philip Green showing off his Tom Ford designed tie to Tom Ford, (not pictured), during a reception for London Fashion Week at 10 Downing Street in London.
Yasmin Le Bon with Sir Philip Green as they arrive at the Harpers Bazaar Women of the Year Awards at Claridges Hotel in central London.
The Prince of Wales (left) talks with Sir Philip Green during a reception at St James Palace, London, to launch the London Collections: Men.
Sir Philip Green (left) and Ronnie Wood attending the TOPMAN Design autumn/winter London Fashion Week show, at the Royal Opera House in central London.
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This is the latest chapter in the free speech battle between Sir Philip and Lord Hain, a Labour peer who served as a cabinet secretary under former UK prime minister Tony Blair. Sir Philip had previously taken out legal injunction against the Daily Telegraph, preventing the publication of allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse.
After public speculation of the businessman in question, Lord Hain named Sir Philip in the House of Lords in October 2018. Parliamentary privilege allows MPs and peers to speak in parliament without fear of legal action.
In a statement to the Guardian addressing Lord Hain's latest allegations, Sir Philip said, "How sad somebody who already has proven they're prepared to abuse the system wants to continue to behave in this manner."
Sir Philip has previously denied all the allegations.
It was reported on Wednesday that Green would shut 23 stores in his Arcadia group empire. These closures will reportedly affect Burton, Dorothy Perkins, and Topshop stores, putting 520 jobs at risk.