Sir Philip Green has formally dropped his legal action attempting to keep an injunction in place against The Telegraph
Topshop mogul Sir Philip Green faces a huge legal bill after he dropped his battle to keep in place gagging orders over sexual harassment, race discrimination and bullying claims made against him by former employees.
The fashion chain billionaire had been trying to maintain an injunction preventing The Telegraph Media Group from reporting the claims.
In a statement issued last week, it was announced the retail tycoon was dropping the case because it was ‘pointless’ after he was named in Parliament as the businessman behind an injunction against the newspaper.
In a ruling today, Mr Justice Warby granted the Topshop owner permission to discontinue the proceedings.
Green, 66, now reportedly faces a £3million legal bill over the case and the possibility of more details about the claims being published.
The judge ordered Green to pick up the Telegraph’s legal bill after saying his firm’s pursuit of the case in recent weeks was ‘well outside the norm’.
Sir Philip, pictured with daughter Chloe and wife Tina, has strenuously denied the allegations
Sir Philip has strenuously denied the allegations and today issued a statement warning former workers who signed controversial non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) from speaking out.
James Price QC said the decision was prompted by Lord Hain’s identification of Sir Philip in the House of Lords in October last year, a day after the Telegraph ran a front-page story saying it was prevented from naming a ‘mystery businessman’.
The injunction was first sought after Sir Philip and an executive at his Arcadia firm were contacted by a journalist in July last year.
The newspaper intended to publish allegations of misconduct made against Sir Philip by the employees – who all received substantial payments after settling their claims.
Green has welcomed his daughter’s boyfriend, Jeremy Meeks, a former criminal turn model who was dubbed ‘the hot felon’, to share the family’s luxury lifestyle
In an article today, The Telegraph claimed it plans to publish details of the claims made against Green ‘in the coming days’.
But Sir Philip and the board of the Arcadia Group said the former employees who signed the the non-disclosure agreements were under ‘ongoing obligations’ to honour them.
Their statement said: ‘The Telegraph and its owners must now decide whether to do the decent thing and respect the NDAs.
‘If not, they will expose their sources to potential further legal actions and significant losses. Their fate is now in the Telegraph’s hands.’
The statement opens the door to potential further legal action if details of the claims are publish by the newspaper group.
Arcadia, based in central London, owns the Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Burton chains