SIR Philip Green was at the centre of cover-up accusations yesterday as the clamour grew for cops to investigate him.
Witness testimonies were left out of an internal sexual harassment report which cleared him of sexual misconduct, it emerged.
Two male executives said they witnessed Green “slapping” a woman’s bottom on several occasions. But their comments did not appear in retail empire Arcadia’s investigation into the allegations, it’s reported.
Offensive remarks by the Topshop owner about the woman who made the complaint were also disregarded, it was claimed.
Lawyer Deborah Cooper, who carried out the inquiry into the complaint, later alleged she was bullied by Green during the probe.
After the report cleared the billionaire, the woman who raised the grievance settled her claim against Arcadia for more than £1million — on condition she signed a gagging order.
The “cover-up” claims, revealed by the Sunday Telegraph, cast doubt on the investigation’s integrity — and the legitimacy of the non-disclosure agreement. A black employee received close to £1million after Green allegedly said his “problem” was he was still “throwing spears in the jungle”.
The Sun on Sunday also revealed the tycoon faces more claims of groping from former women employees. Other ex-staff complaints are “in the pipeline” and not covered by gagging orders.
The Sun Says
THE police appear to be missing in action in the case of odious “Sir” Philip Green.
They usually can’t wait to jump into action when they can get an easy headline, nor do they spare any effort in virtue-signalling PR operations.
And yet after the Telegraph has revealed lurid allegations about his conduct and serious questions about cover-ups, there’s hardly a dickie bird.
The Government, too, must act.
They have been shown in black and white how the rich and powerful continue to abuse expensive gagging orders to keep shameful behaviour private – no matter the public interest. Ministers offer warm words on changes to come.
But it’s time for a little more action, and a little less conversation.
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They emerged as lawyers, MPs and campaigners joined calls for cops to investigate Green.
Weyman Bennett, of Stand Up To Racism, said: “The allegations are serious and need to be investigated.”
Minister for Women Penny Mordaunt said: “A victim or witness to criminal activity at work cannot be bound by a confidentiality agreement from reporting it to the police.”
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