Sir Philip Green has been charged with four counts of misdemeanor assault in the US after a pilates instructor claimed he had repeatedly touched her wrong, the Arizona authorities have said.
Lauren Deakin, an assistant county commissioner in Pima County, said Green had been formally charged with four counts of "deliberately touching another person with the intention of harming, insulting or provoking".
Green's alleged victim told police that the Arcadia boss had spanked and grabbed her back in 201[ads1]6 and 2018 at a luxury resort in Tucson. In a copy of the police interview, obtained by the Press Association, Katie Surridge said the "cruel old man" had "sharply" beaten her bottom up to 10 times in January 2016.
The case returns to court in Tucson on June 19, according to trial.
"This is class three misdemeanors. Each count has a potential penalty of up to 30 days in the Pima County Prison, a fine of no more than $ 500, and up to one year of probation," said deputy lawyer Deakin.
Surridge told police said she was worried about frustrating a "high roller" at the resort after the incident in 2016, but decided to talk to the management who said they were talking to Green and assured her that it would not happen again.
But Surridge told police that Green attacked her once in January 2018.
"This time, instead of relaxing on his ass, he puts his hands as he wraps his hands around my waist and then takes my butt and just puts his hand there and holds the one while he squeezes, "she said.
He continued to make unpleasant comments and pat her exposed stomach as she demonstrated an exercise, Surridge claimed.
" And then end the session and I immediately went to [management’s] k ontor and I were in tears and I said, "He was going to never touch me again, and here he touches me again," said Surridge to the police.
The Daily Telegraph first reported that Green was investigated by police in February. Surridge told the newspaper that she had felt "just a meat there at his disposal".
"It feels completely sexual in nature. And the road – the sounds, and" Oh, you ugly girl. "Like – ugh – I can hear him say it right now."
Green denied the claims through a statement through the firm Arcadia.
"Sir Philip strenuously denied these allegations and is disappointed that the charges have been filed in his absence and they are smaller categories of misdemeanor in the United States, the statement said." Sir Philip is not personally required to attend court in the forthcoming hearing and will be represented by his lawyer. Unlike previous media proposals, there is no claim of sexual assault or persecution made by the prosecutor. "
However, Surridge's account was backed by a house at Canyon Ranch's luxury resort, which told police that she had witnessed attacks.
" I see his hand going out and, like, clapping her hams, "said Kimberly Khoury, referring to Green. "And then pat it all over again, grab her ham. And then she was a bit moving, somehow, scared a little. And took that one step away. And then he removed his hand and brought it back.
"I can't tell you what we were talking about because I was so focused on what happened to his …, his squid-like hand."
They continued talking before he grabbed Surridge's bottom again, Khoury claimed.
"And who, beats, you know, spank it, anyway, that's how, lose it. And then grab it and this happened in like a minute and a half or two minutes. He made it three or four It was pretty obvious she was not attentive to the behavior. "This month, House of Lords heard that Green had been the subject of hundreds of complaints, Peter Hain, a former working party of Tony Blair, said in the House of Lords. Hain said an alleged victim of Green had "prayed" with him to mention the retail junk.
"I quote: & # 39; He says he had heard" terrible "allegations of repeated sexual assaults by Green.
was touching and repeatedly relaxing women's employees bottoms, grabbing thighs and touching the legs. Hundreds of complaints were raised with HR [human resources]. Company lawyer who interviewed me then lied. Sir Philip shouted and shouted at the staff to go to psychologists, Hain says.
Green has refused an assertion that Hain was talking about.
Green, 67, was ridden in 2006 for "retail services" but his Arcadia fashion empire is ailing among plummeting profits on his fashion chains, which include Topshop, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Evans and Outfit.
Arcadia could collapse next week if Green could not persuade its store owners and the UK Pension regulator will repay a rescue agreement that scraps the lease and close about 50 stores.
The man once called "the king of high street" attempts to make an agreement with the group's creditors and has said that if they do not agree on the rescue plan, it is "very likely, either immediately or shortly, to enter bankruptcy or liquidation ".
The creditors will vote next Wednesday 5 June to accept the agreement. Green wants some shop owners to reduce their rent by 70%, and some local authorities will cut their business prices to help him stay in business.
Arcadia has 570 stores and 18,000 employees and the pension scheme has a loss of up to £ 750m.
When Green revealed his rescue plan, it contained £ 360m of funds for the pension scheme, paid over three years. But the British pension regulator said it wasn't enough and Green and his wife Tina wanted to pump another £ 50m to secure their support. The regulations have legal competence to force Arcadia and Green to ensure that the pension is properly financed.
The last battle with the pension regulator comes closer over two years after Green agreed to add 363 million in the pension scheme to BHS, the department store group that collapsed about a year after he sold it to £ 1 for a previous bankruptcy.
Since then, the Green Arcadia empire has struggled to compete against rapidly growing online specialists such as Boohoo and Asos as well as cheaper rival Primark. 19659002] When the messages were first revealed, a spokesman for the dealer said: "All this was investigated by Canyon Ranch at the time. Nothing was found against Sir Philip and the case was dropped. With regard to the claim, it did not happen. Sir Philip has visited the ranch since that time and has no problems with the management or any of the people there. "
Agencies contributed to this report