LONDON — Sir Philip Green has found himself in the spotlight once again, this time in the state of Arizona, where he’s been charged with four counts of misdemeanor assault.
According to Lauren E. Deakin, deputy county attorney in Pima County, Green is alleged to have “knowingly touched another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke.” The charges stem from accusations made by a female pilates instructor at Canyon Ranch in January 2016 and January 2018.
Deakin’s office described the misdemeanors as class three, with each count carrying a potential sentence of up to 30 days in the Pima County jail, a fine of not more than $500, and up to one year of probation.
The complaint and summons have been sent to Green’s attorneys, and the arraignment date has been set for the morning of June 19.
Green, who is based in Monaco, declined to comment on the charges late Friday.
A spokesman later said: “Sir Philip strenuously denies these allegations and is disappointed that the charges have been filed in his absence. They are minor categories of misdemeanor in the United States. Sir Philip is not personally required to attend before the court at the forthcoming hearing, and will be represented by his lawyer. Contrary to previous suggestions in the media, there is no allegation of any sexual assault or misconduct made by the prosecution.”
The past six months have certainly been colorful ones for Green: Late last year, the Topshop owner was the subject of an investigation by the The Daily Telegraph, which accused him of bullying, harassment and inappropriate treatment of employees at his Arcadia retail empire. Green has robustly denied those accusations.
Last week, Arcadia set insolvency procedures in motion. As reported, Topshop’s 11 U.S. stores could soon close their doors in the restructuring of Arcadia Group’s U.S. and U.K. operations. Arcadia is the parent of Topshop, Topman and a host of struggling high-street retailers such as Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans and Wallis.
According to The Sunday Times Rich List 2019, Green saw his net worth fall by more than 1 billion pounds to 950 million pounds. Pointing to the pension debt at Arcadia, the planned store closures, and the restructuring, The Sunday Times said it now considers Green’s Arcadia retail group to be “worthless.”