Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green has been named in parliament as the businessman facing allegations of harassment.
Speaking at the House of Lords today Lord Peter Hain named Green as the businessman behind an injunction against the Daily Telegraph, which stopped the newspaper naming him in a report following an eight-month investigation into allegations of bullying, racism and sexual harassment.
Hain said: “I feel it’s my duty under parliamentary privilege to name Philip Green as the individual in question given that the media have been subject to an injunction preventing publication of the full details of this story which is clearly in the public interest.”
In a statement Green said:
”I am not commenting on anything that has happened in court or was said in Parliament today. 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.”
He added: ”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.”