Tycoon Sir Philip Green charged in the US with four counts of misdemeanour assault.
Sir Philip Green has been charged with four counts of misdemeanour assault in the US after a pilates instructor alleged the Arcadia mogul repeatedly touched her inappropriately, Pima County Attorney’s Office has said.
Katie Surridge alleges Sir Philip spanked and grabbed her backside during classes in the Canyon Ranch luxury resort in Tucson, Arizona in 2016 and 2018.
Deputy county attorney Lauren Deakin said: “Philip Green has been formally charged with four misdemeanour assault counts.
“These are class three misdemeanours.
“Each count has a potential sentence of up to 30 days in the Pima County jail, a fine of not more than 500 dollars, and up to one year of probation.”
The charges relate to knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult, or provoke.
How was Philip Green named in UK #MeToo scandal
Green, 66, was named by Lord Peter Hain, a former Leader of the House of Commons, who spoke under parliamentary privilege, a rule that allows politicians in the British parliament to speak freely without threat of legal consequences.
He said that revealing Philip Green’s identity was his “duty”.
He said: “My Lords, I have been contacted by someone intimately involved in the case of a powerful businessman using non-disclosure agreements and substantial payments to conceal about serious and repeated sexual harassment, racist abuse and bullying which is compulsively continuing, 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 the publication of the full details of a story which is clearly in the public interest.”
Green denies ‘unlawful sexual or racist behaviour’
Green has said he “categorically and wholly denies” allegations of “unlawful sexual or racist behaviour”.
The moment Peter Hain named Sir Philip Green. The Lords, in their wonderful way, don’t blink an eyelid. pic.twitter.com/P4gd732s3p
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) October 25, 2018