Lord Hain says he feels ‘vindicated’ for naming Sir Philip Green in the House of Lords after Topshop boss ends ‘gagging order’ legal fight over sexual harassment claims
- Topshop tycoon abandoned his legal fight to keep gagging orders in place
- Sir Philip faced claims of sexual harassment and bullying from ex employees
- Lord who named him in Parliament says end of cases vindicates his actions
Lord Hain says he feels vindicated after Sir Philip Green and his business empire dropped a lawsuit over the reporting of sexual and racial harassment against him.
Sir Philip won a temporary court order preventing he Daily Telegraph reporting allegations of misconduct made by five employees.
But the court ban was bypassed when former Cabinet minister Lord Hain named Sir Philip in the House of Lords, leading to widespread reporting of the claims.
Sir Philip Green (pictured, left, with his wife Tina), has dropped his legal battle over sexual harassment and discrimination claims. Peter Hain (right), the politician who named him, says he feels vindicated
After Sir Philip and his business Arcadia ended their legal claim against the Telegraph today, Lord Hain said the announcement amounted to ‘a vindication of my parliamentary intervention’.
He added: ‘I complied fully with parliamentary rules as my source was nobody in or connected with Gordon Dadds. It is a lie to suggest otherwise’.
After having pursued legal action against the Telegraph, Arcadia said on Monday: ‘After careful reflection, Arcadia and Sir Philip have therefore reluctantly concluded that it is pointless to continue with the litigation which has already been undermined by the deliberate and irresponsible actions of Lord Peter Hain, the paid consultant of the Telegraph’s lawyers Gordon Dadds, and risks causing further distress to the Arcadia’s employees.
‘Consequently, Arcadia and Sir Philip will be seeking the court’s permission to discontinue these proceedings on Monday.’
Nevertheless, Arcadia accused the Telegraph of conducting a campaign to ‘knowingly facilitate the breach’ of confidentiality agreements, exposing individuals who signed them and causing ‘untold disruption’ to 20,000 Arcadia staff.
Sir Philip Green with his daughter, Chloe Green, and his wife, Lady Tina Green in New York
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