Topshop has extended an olive branch to the photographer who claimed she was “manhandled” at its flagship Oxford Street branch.
The retailer, owned by Arcadia, was accused by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) of having failed to respond to the claims, made byphotographer Jess Hurd and backed by the union, that Hurd was assaulted by a security guard. The alleged event took place last December, during the UK Uncut protest against their tax arrangements.
Although the NUJ had written to Topshop in March, until today the union claimed it had received no response.
However, hours after an article published by Drapers, senior representatives of Topshop and Arcadia have offered to meet both Hurd and NUJ representatives.
As a result, a protest planned for today has been cancelled. NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “I am glad Topshop has seen sense and responded to the complaint… It is simply unacceptable that NUJ members face abuse and harassment whilst doing their jobs.”
Hurd added: “I am pleased Topshop has apologised for the delay and offered to meet with the NUJ - up until now the company had ignored my complaint.
“I would like to thank fellow NUJ members who organised solidarity and put pressure on Topshop via social networks. Collectively we will continue to make companies accountable when they refuse to respect press freedom and defend members who suffer abuse in this way.”
- No one from Arcadia or Topshop was available for comment at the time of press.