Luxury department store Harvey Nichols has been slapped with a million pound lawsuit after a dog owner claimed she had been manhandled in the retailer’s London store.
Marianne Yvette Perkins claimed that security staff assaulted her and imprisoned her when she tried to take her dog into the store in 2010. Perkins has lodged a High Court writ against the retailer.
Perkins claims she was turned away from the store because Harvey Nichols does not allow dogs and said she was then held in a “vice like grip” and her dog was elbowed.
In a statement Harvey Nichols said: “As this matter is subject to on-going court proceedings, we are unable to comment further at this stage.”
Ironically, Harvey Nichols unveiled its doggy bag themed spring campaign earlier this month. ‘The New Breed’ campaign features pieces from labels including J Brand, Sophie Hulme and Kenzo Paris and will be broadcast across print publications as well as appearing across London bus stops and on the underground.