Arizona authorities accuse Arcadia mogul of repeatedly touching instructor inappropriately claims Green denies
Sir Philip Green has been charged with four counts of misdemeanour assault in the US after a pilates instructor alleged he repeatedly touched her inappropriately, Arizona authorities have said.
Lauren Deakin, a deputy county attorney in Pima county, said Green had been formally charged with four counts of knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke.
Greens alleged victim told police the Arcadia boss had spanked and grabbed her backside in 2016 and 2018 at a luxury resort in Tucson. In a copy of the police interview, obtained by the Press Association, Katie Surridge said that the creepy old man had vigorously slapped her bottom up to 10 times in January 2016.
The case will return to court in Tucson on 19 June, according to court filings.
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, and up to one year of probation, deputy county attorney Deakin said.
Surridge told police she was worried about frustrating a high roller at the resort following the 2016 incident, but decided to speak to management who said they spoke to Green and reassured her it would not happen again.
But Surridge told police that Green assaulted her a second time in January 2018.
This time, instead of slapping my butt, he puts his hands, like, he wraps his hands around my waist and then grabs my butt cheek and just puts his hand there and just holds it there as hes hugging me, she said.
He went on to make uncomfortable comments and pat her exposed stomach as she demonstrated an exercise, Surridge alleged.
And then the session ended and I immediately went upstairs to [managements] office and I was in tears and I said: He was told never to touch me again and here he is touching me again, Surridge told police.
The Daily Telegraph first reported that Green was being investigated by police in February. Surridge told the newspaper she had felt just a piece of meat there at his disposal.
It feels completely sexual in nature. And the way the noises, and the Oh, you naughty girl. Like ugh I can hear him saying it right now.
Green denied the claims through a statement via his company Arcadia.
Sir Philip strenuously denies these allegations and is disappointed that the charges have been filed in his absence and they are minor categories of misdemeanor in the United States, the statement said. 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.
Surridges account was supported, however, by a homeowner at the Canyon Ranch luxury resort, who told police she had witnessed the assault.