- UK retail magnate Philip Green has been charged with four counts of misdemeanour assault in Arizona.
- Green is the chairman of Arcadia Group, which owns brands like Topshop and Topman.
- The company has been forced to shutter stores recently as it struggles to survive amid competition from online retailers.
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Philip Green, the UK magnate behind retailers like Topshop, is facing misdemeanour assault charges in the US, after a fitness instructor reportedly accused him of unwanted groping in Arizona.
Green, 67, has been charged with four accounts of misdemeanour assault, according to online court records from Pima County in Arizona. The full complaint against Green was not immediately available online. An arraignment has been scheduled for Jun. 19, according to the filings.
Green has denied the allegations against him, according to a statement made on his behalf by his company, Arcadia Group.
The charges are another hit for Arcadia, the ailing UK retailer that own brands like Topshop, Topman, Burton, and Dorothy Perkins. Green is the chairman of Arcadia, which is owned by his wife, Tina Green.
In May, apparently unrelated to the charges against Green, Arcadia announced that it would shutter all 11 Topshop stores in the US, as well as 23 of Arcadia’s 566 stores in the UK and Ireland, because the brick-and-mortar retailer was struggling against “ever-increasing online competition.”
Arcadia follows traditional retailers like Dressbarn, CVS, and Pier 1 Imports, which have been forced to close stores in the US as more people shift their shopping online.
Arcadia group sales reportedly fell 10.5% to £1.7bn in the year ending August 2018.
According to the Reuters report, the charges filed in Arizona against Green were in connection with allegations by a pilates instructor that Green had inappropriately touched her at a Tucson resort in 2016 and 2018.
“Sir Philip strenuously denies these allegations,” Arcadia said in a statement on Green’s behalf that was shared with Business Insider. It said Green will be represented by his lawyer at the upcoming hearing.
“Contrary to previous suggestions in the media there is no allegation of any sexual assault or misconduct made by the prosecution,” the statement also said.
Green was at the center of a #MeToo scandal in the UK last year after The Telegraph published an investigation into allegations sexual harassment and racist behaviour by a “leading businessman,” who was later revealed to be Green. Green denied any “unlawful sexual or racist behaviour.”
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