Topshop's Chairman Is at the Center of a Major #MeToo Scandal
Sir Philip Green, chairman of the conglomerate that owns Topshop, Topman and a number of other British retailers, has been named at the center of a major #MeToo scandal in the U.K. The Daily Telegraph reports that the executive has been accused of bullying, sexual harassment and racial abuse.
Green's identity was unknown on Tuesday when the outlet first reported the news of an alleged serial abuser. The Telegraph reported that due to an injunction against them, they were unable to name Green as the accused, thanks in part to a number of NDAs he had used to silence and pay off his victims.
"The Telegraph spent the past eight months investigating allegations of bullying, intimidation and sexual harassment made against the businessman," wrote investigations editor Claire Newell, "but on Tuesday this newspaper was prevented from revealing details of the non-disclosure deals." She goes on to criticize British Parliament for prioritizing the NDAs over public interest.
However, Lord Hain, the former leader of the House of Commons, named Green on Thursday, saying he believed it was his “duty” to reveal his identity. "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," he said, according to The Telegraph.
Green, a retail billionaire, is one of the U.K.'s most prominent fashion-industry leaders. He frequently attends fashion shows and other industry events, brushing shoulders with the likes of Anna Wintour and Vogue U.K. editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, as well as past and present Topshop collaborators like Kate Moss, Beyoncé and Cara Delevingne.
Green is also the father of Chloe Green, who made headlines earlier this year when she revealed she was expecting her first child with model Jeremy Meeks, better known on the internet as the "hot felon."
In a statement, Green told the publication, "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 behavior, 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."