Sir Philip Green ‘grabbed women’s breasts’ Lords told

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Sir Philip Green.
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Sir Philip Green grabbed women’s breasts and slapped their bottoms, a peer has claimed.

Lord Hain told the House of Lords that staff had made hundreds of complaints about the retail tycoon.

Last year Lord Hain named the Topshop boss as the person behind a legal injunction stopping a newspaper publishing allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse.

Sir Philip previously “categorically and wholly” denied the claims.

Responding to Lord Hain’s latest claims, he said: “How sad somebody who already has proven they’re prepared to abuse the system wants to continue to behave in this manner.”

Lord Hain defended his use of parliamentary privilege.

He said he had originally named Sir Philip “for moral reasons and was not second-guessing or criticising the judiciary”.

“To explain why, I am revealing for the first time in public exactly what one of Sir Philip Green’s victims told me.

‘It was horrible’

Lord Hain then quoted what the staff member had told him. “‘He was touching and repeatedly slapping women staff’s bottoms, grabbing thighs and touching legs.

“‘Hundreds of grievance cases were raised with HR. The company lawyer who interviewed me then lied. Sir Philip screamed and shouted at staff ‘to go to psychologists’.

Mr Hain said the staff member told him that victims had gone to an employment tribunal, but were told “it would not get anywhere” so settled with a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

“‘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’,” Mr Hain quoted the staff member as saying.

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