Back in January, a spectacular scandal enveloped the Presidents Club, a charity which had for years been close to Sir Philip Green’s heart.
With the so-called #metoo movement dominating the news agenda, this organisation found itself splashed across the front pages, amid claims that its annual fundraising dinner at The Dorchester Hotel was, in effect, a hotbed of sexual harassment.
According to an undercover reporter from the Financial Times, the roughly 130 ‘tall, thin and pretty’ young women, who’d been hired to work as ‘hostesses’ at the all-male shindig, spent the night being groped, fondled and lewdly propositioned by the mostly middle-aged guests.
One poor girl said a guest had exposed his penis to her, while eating his dinner. Another was propositioned by a ‘society figure’ who declared: ‘I want you to down that glass, rip off your knickers, and dance on that table.’
At the disco later, several dozen high-end escort girls were ushered onto the dance floor, all wearing scarlet dresses.
Bully who loves to party: Sir Philip Green was outed as the subject of #MeToo sexual harassment allegations yesterday. He is pictured with Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who triggered the #MeToo movement in the US
To his supporters, Sir Philip (pictured with Kate Moss left and Beyonce Knowles right) is a larger-than-life commercial genius with a gift for the gab and an eye for a deal, who, through hard work and no little talent, has built a fashion and retail empire
Sir Philip is pictured in fancy dress at charity party in St Petersburg, Russia with actress and model Elizabeth Hurley in 2005
The revelations had sparked a mixture of outrage and soul-searching at the culture of misogyny among the business tycoons and minor celebrities on the event’s guest list.
Great Ormond Street Hospital, a leading beneficiary of proceedings, announced it would return its ‘tainted’ donations (a decision that was later reversed), while the Charities Commission was launching an investigation.
Not long afterwards, the Presidents Club would collapse. All of which struck Sir Philip as very sad indeed.
For the billionaire. who had for years counted the Dorchester dinner as a fixture in his social calendar, was among the 360 wealthy men at the event.
And he told me that the rapidly escalating controversy was all a big fuss over nothing.
Party animal: The retail mogul is pictured at a fancy dress charity party in Russia in 2005 with Jackie Caring centre and former US President Bill Clinton right
To his critics, the ‘King of the High Street’ (pictured with Naomi Campbell left an Kate Moss right) has always had a dark side as a foul-mouthed and petulant workplace bully
‘This is all total bull****,’ he declared. ‘All this stuff that supposedly went on, it’s nothing worse than what would happen in any nightclub in London any night of the week.’
He added that it was ‘****ing tragic’ that ‘political correctness now means money will no longer go to dying children’.
It was also very much par for the course for 66-year-old Green, a highly combative public figure whose bombastic personality lies at the heart of his journey from North London rag trader to one of the most successful but polarising businessmen of the modern era.
To his supporters, he is a larger-than-life commercial genius with a gift for the gab and an eye for a deal, who, through hard work and no little talent, has built a fashion and retail empire that employs tens of thousands and plays a central role in keeping Britain plc ticking over.
Yet to critics, the ‘King of the High Street’ has always had a dark side as a foul-mouthed and petulant workplace bully, who shamelessly dodges tax by spending half the year on a yacht and funnelling most company earnings to his wife through Monaco, and whose comically lavish lifestyle represents the unacceptable face of capitalism.
Critics believe Sir Philip (pictured on October 3rd left and with his wife Tina in 2015 right) shamelessly dodges tax by spending half the year on a yacht and funnelling most company earnings to his wife through Monaco, and whose comically lavish lifestyle represents the unacceptable face of capitalism
Wherever the reality lies — and it’s possible that both interpretations are true — few would deny that Sir Philip is an exacting taskmaster prone to explosive tantrums when he believes he has even the slightest cause to complain.
The culture at Arcadia HQ is perhaps best summed up by a well-worn anecdote concerning the installation of a new IT system which went horribly over budget.
Sir Philip duly called the executive responsible into his office and showed him a large pile of cash sitting on his antique desk.
‘That’s how much you have cost me,’ he barked — and fired him.
Though capable of immense charm (and in possession of a sharp sense of humour), Green has little time for political correctness and, in unguarded moments, can cause great offence — a fact laid painstakingly bare earlier this year by biographer Oliver Shah.
There are claims Green (pictured with models Kendall Jenner far left, Cara Delevingne second right and Jourdan Dunn right at a Topshop event in London in 2015) once told a female buyer at his department store chain BHS: ‘You’re absolutely ****ing useless. I should throw you out of the window, but you’re so fat you’d probably bounce back in again.’
His book, Damaged Goods, quoted Brian Hill, the former head of menswear at department store BHS, calling Green a ‘thoroughly disgusting human being’ due to his treatment of office staff.
‘You would see young women, particularly, reduced to tears.
‘Philip would often have a meeting before he flew off in his jet to Monaco, and he would just pick one person and batter them. The horrible thing is that sometimes you would sit there and think, ‘Thank God it’s not me’.’
According to the book, Green once told a female buyer at his department store chain BHS: ‘You’re absolutely ****ing useless. I should throw you out of the window, but you’re so fat you’d probably bounce back in again.’
Sir Philip shot to further fame when his socialite daughter Chloe (pictured right) entered a relationship with ‘hot felon’ model Jeremy Meeks (pictured second right with Chloe’s mother Tina on their yacht in Mykonos)
The book also describes how many executives left Green’s Arcadia empire after the collapse of BHS, including Wesley Taylor, the former brand director at the High Street chain Burton.
How Sir Philip was named in Parliament
Lord Hain was able to identify Sir Philip Green in the Lords using Parliamentary privilege. This dates from the 17th century and gives MPs and peers the right to free speech without fear of being sued or arrested, and protects the media when reporting what is said in Parliament.
Lord Hain’s actions get around an Appeal Court ruling and revive the controversy over ‘superinjunctions’ issued by courts to muzzle the press and shield the rich and famous.
Parliamentary privilege means he cannot be summoned to answer charges of contempt of court unless he repeats his words outside the House.
Last night Lord Hain told Newsnight: ‘I’m not disputing judges’ responsibilities… I’m just discharging my duty as a parliamentarian and what concerned me about this case was wealth, and power that comes with it, and abuse.
‘It’s for others to judge whether I’ve been right or wrong. I’ve had overwhelming support – particularly from women.’
Mr Taylor, who is black, then complained that Green used racially abusive language towards him after he walked out. Sir Philip denied the claim, and the two men settled out of court.
When I asked Sir Philip this summer about the alleged incidents, he confessed to having a short fuse.
However, he vigorously denied misogynistic behaviour and was adamant he would never make racist remarks.
The latter allegation, he said, was particularly galling because he’d recently become a grand-father to a mixed-race child called Jayden — born to his daughter Chloe and her boyfriend Jeremy Meeks, a tattooed former gang member and divorced father, aged 34, who has served two jail terms in his native California.
‘Am I a racist?’ said Sir Philip. ‘The fact is that I’ve had a black chauffeur for the past 12 years.
‘His name is Ray, and when he reads people claiming that his boss is a racist, he feels like going round to punch this Shah man in the mouth.’
When I asked why (if the allegations were indeed untrue) he didn’t simply sue Mr Shah for libel, Sir Philip responded: ‘I’m not going to take him to court. I won’t give him the pleasure.
‘He’s a cheap hooker who couldn’t afford to pay damages anyway. If he was an expensive hooker, I’d sue.’
In truth, Shah — Business Editor of the Sunday Times — was very far from the only person to have publicly raised questions about Sir Philip’s treatment of office staff.
Back in 2016, for example, the Daily Mail diarist Sebastian Shakespeare published an interview with Samantha Watson, former personal assistant to Green’s friend and associate Richard Desmond.
The Topshop boss is pictured with supermodel Naomi Campbell at the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock in 2011
Watson claimed she was frequently left fighting back tears after being berated by the Topshop tycoon.
If she ever kept him waiting on the phone, Watson claimed, Green would call her a ‘thick, fat Geordie c***’. She added: ‘I was dead scared of him.’
On another occasion, in 2003, the Guardian newspaper published a transcript of a telephone call between Green and one of its business reporters in which he said that the newspaper’s financial editor, Paul Murphy, ‘can’t read English. Mind you, he is a ****ing Irishman’.
Later in the conversation, he described a journalist called Ian Griffiths, who had questioned whether Green’s companies were quite as profitable as previous reports had suggested, as ‘some old c*** from the Independent’.
The following year, when he was involved in a bitter (and ultimately unsuccessful) attempt to buy Marks & Spencer, Sir Philip became involved in a public confrontation with the firm’s then chief executive Stuart Roses, grabbing him by the lapels and subjecting him to a stream of abuse.
The revelations had sparked a mixture of outrage and soul-searching at the culture of misogyny among the business tycoons and minor celebrities on the event’s guest list. Models Cara Delevingne (pictured centre) and Kendall Jenner (right) are pictured with him in 2015
‘I hear you’ve been calling me a plonker,’ Rose said. ‘I’m not calling you a plonker,’ replied Green. ‘You’re a c***.’
Supporters of Sir Philip have always sought to defend his more colourful behaviour by arguing that it’s typical of many self-made men.
And a degree of impatience is perhaps to be expected in an entrepreneur who made his fortune in ‘fast fashion’, with its emphasis on bringing catwalk trends to the High Street in quick time.
However, it should be stressed that his isn’t exactly a rags-to-riches story.
Born in Croydon in 1952, the son of a successful property developer, he was educated at Carmel College, a private boarding school in Oxfordshire.
Tragedy struck when he was 12 and his father, Simon, died of a heart attack. Three years later, he was expelled from the school in what Shah’s biography claimed were somewhat scandalous circumstances.
Neighbours were told that he’d been caught ‘****ing’, with one adding ‘we didn’t discover whether it was another boy, the matron, or a cat’.
Whatever the real cause, Sir Philip’s early ejection from school helped spawn a hugely successful career.
After an apprenticeship at a footwear retailer, at the age of 21 he entered the rag trade with the aid of a £20,000 ($26,000) family loan.
The billionaire businessman was expelled from the school in what Shah’s biography claimed were somewhat scandalous circumstances. He is pictured with former UK Vogue editor Anna Wintour
In the 1980s he bought the Jean Jeanie chain, selling it for a large profit, and using the capital to become a serious player on the High Street fashion scene.
After the failed attempt to buy Marks & Spencer in 1999, which turned Sir Philip into a public figure for the first time, the following year he joined the ranks of the seriously rich by purchasing BHS and using it as a springboard to acquire Arcadia — the group which runs Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge.
While Sir Philip runs the business, its ownership is largely controlled by his wife, Tina, who lives in Monaco. (Green himself commutes to London each week.)
The arrangement famously allowed the family to avoid UK tax on a £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) dividend from Arcadia in 2005, saving around £285 million ($365.4 million), though that didn’t stop Tony Blair recommending him for a knighthood in 2006.
While Sir Philip runs the business, its ownership is largely controlled by his wife, Tina, who lives in Monaco (pictured left with their daughter Chloe right)
When he turned 60, Sir Philip flew 150 guests to Mexico at a cost of £6 million ($7.7 million). He allocated each 15 bottles of £250 ($320) Pol Roger champagne and paid Stevie Wonder to perform
The £500-an-hour ($641) lawyers so loved by tycoons and celebrities
When the rich and famous want to silence their critics, the name of one law firm in particular is frequently involved.
Celebrities and tycoons are likely to turn to Schillings for advice and protection – at a cost of more than £500 an hour.
The firm was founded in 1984 by Keith Schilling, now 61, the son of a jobless father and a shopworker mother, who left school at 15 to be a clerk in a media law firm.
He has since been at the forefront of efforts by lawyers in the reputation protection business to exploit the Human Rights Act passed under Labour as one of the legal weapons that can be used against newspapers and broadcasters.
His firm used Article Eight of the European Convention on Human Rights to persuade Law Lords in 2004 that the model Naomi Campbell should not have been pictured outside a drug rehabilitation clinic.
The case established privacy law in Britain and since then the Schillings’ name has been found on warning documents in the legal offices of media organisations across the country.
An eternal showman — a character trait which has for years helped such brands as Topshop rise above the competition — he’s been prone to famous displays of conspicuous consumption.
In 2006, he paid £60,000 ($76,900) at a charity auction at Annabel’s nightclub to watch Kate Moss ‘snog’ Jemima Khan.
Then there is his habit of throwing ostentatious parties, which to critics has provided a stark illustration of the indulgence his tax-efficient lifestyle affords.
For his 50th birthday, in March 2002, he famously flew 220 guests from Luton to Cyprus in a chartered aeroplane, telling them to pack for hot days and cold nights and bring flesh-coloured underwear.
The flight safety video was personalised with joke about cocaine: ‘I would like to introduce you to the captain (an image of boggle-eyed pilot appeared on the screen). His name is Charles … Some of you may have been this high with Charlie before, but for others it’s a new experience.’
At the ensuing £5m ($6.4 million) bash – attended by, among others, Jeremy Beadle, Stirling Moss, Prince Albert of Monaco, Rod Stewart – guests were provided with togas to wear. 1,000 bottles of wine, 400 of champagne and 40kg of caviar was consumed. Sir Philip dressed as the emperor Nero.
His 55th birthday in 2007 was even more ostentatious. The party, rumoured to have cost £20 million ($25.6 million), was held on an island in the Maldives, with live music performances by Gladys Knight & the Pips, George Michael, Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin.
When he turned 60, Sir Philip flew 150 guests to Mexico at a cost of £6 million ($7.7 million). He allocated each 15 bottles of £250 ($320) Pol Roger champagne and paid Stevie Wonder and the Beach Boys perform.
His 65th birthday, last year, was scheduled to be even more jaw-dropping. But then came the BHS pensions scandal, and an intense wave of scrutiny which, in a roundabout way, has led to this week’s PR kerfuffle.
The BHS scandal of course saw Sir Philip dubbed ‘Sir Shifty’. Yesterday’s events saw the less flattering nickname ‘Sir Sleazy’ being thrown around. Time will, of course, tell whether it’s allowed to stick.
Fresh calls for Sir Philip Green to be stripped of his knighthood as he is named as billionaire tycoon who gagged the press over #MeToo harassment claims
By Kate Ferguson, Senior Political Correspondent for MailOnline
Sir Philip Green was hit with fresh calls to be stripped of his knighthood after he was named in Parliament as the wealthy businessman who gagged the press over sex harassment claims.
Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable said the Topshop mogul only narrowly escaped losing his honour after being caught up in the BHS pensions scandal two years ago.
And he said that if the allegations that Sir Philip sexually harassed and bullied staff are true then he must finally be stripped of the gong.
It comes after judges imposed a controversial court order blocking newspapers from publishing the identity of ‘a prominent British businessman’ accused of bullying.
But Labour peer Lord Peter Hain used parliamentary privilege to name the Topshop mogul as the man behind the controversial injunction.
Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable (pictured at a demonstration in London on Saturday) said the Topshop mogul only narrowly escaped losing his honour after being caught up in the BHS pensions scandal two years ago
Sir Vince told MailOnline: ‘He narrowly and luckily escaped losing his knighthood over the pensions scandal.
‘If these allegations are correct, he should certainly be stripped of his knighthood.’
Sir Philip has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing in a court or tribunal.
How could Philip Green be stripped of his knighthood?
The naming of Sir Philip Green as behind an injunction covering up alleged sexual and racial harassment will – although this does not mean that any wrong-doing is proved against him – refuel claims he should lose his knighthood.
A political storm raged over the honour around the time of the BHS collapse.
Sir Philip can only be stripped of the gong by the Honours Forfeiture Committee.
It is a secretive Whitehall panel that meets to consider whether people should be stripped of their honour.
In the past it has cancelled honours of convicted criminals like Rolf Harris and more controversially people who, whilst they have not been convicted of any crime, have been harshly criticised like ex-RBS boss Fred Goodwin.
The Committee, which normally conducts its business by correspondence, considers cases where an individual who has been honoured is judged to have brought the honours system into disrepute.
It usually looks at people who have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more, or have been censured or struck off by the relevant professional or other regulatory authority.
The Committee is not restricted to these two criteria, and if there is other compelling evidence that an individual has brought the honours system into disrepute, then it is open to the Committee to consider such cases as well.
In a further comment to The Sun, Sir Vince added: ‘I find it very difficult to see how he could credibly hold on to an honour in these circumstances.
‘I think Parliament’s proving its worth. The use of Parliament in this way is healthy and it shows democracy at work.’
Labour MP Clive Lewis tweeted: ‘Sir Philip Green named as man at centre of ‘UK #MeToo Scandal.
‘Given this non-disclosure payments story and his part in the BHS pensions scandal I’d bet good money ‘Sir’ won’t be part of his title for much longer.’
While Labour peer Lord Adonis praised Lord Hain for naming Sir Philip in Parliament.
In a message on Twitter he said: ‘My friend Peter Hain just done great public service in the House of Lords naming Sir Philip Green as behind the injunctions against the Daily Telegraph preventing them reporting serious allegations.’
And Frank Field, chairman of the Work and pensions select committee and a long-time critic of Sir Philip, called for reform of Parliament to make it easier to report abuse.
He said: ‘I have been talking this evening with somebody who witnessed grotesque bullying at work. They would like for what they witnessed to be shared, through the House of Commons, with the nation.
‘I am seeking to raise urgently with the Government the importance of having a mechanism in Parliament through which the voices of victims of abuse can be heard.
‘This would develop the role of the House of Commons in a way which stands up for people who have little money, against those who have much.’
In a bombshell statement in the House of Lords this afternoon, Lord Hain used his special powers as a peer speaking in a Parliamentary debate to point the finger at Sir Philip.
He said: ‘I feel it’s my duty under parliamentary privilege to name Philip Green as the individual in question given that the media have been subject to an injunction preventing publication of the full details of this story which is clearly in the public interest.’
Lord Hain said he had been ‘in contact with someone intimately involved in the case’.
And he said it related to ‘a powerful businessman using non-disclosure agreements and substantial payments to conceal the truth about serious and repeated sexual harassment, racist abuse and bullying which is compulsively continuing’.
It is the second time that Sir Philip has been hit by a massive backlash and calls for him to be stripped of his knighthood.
Sir Philip, 66, was slammed for selling retailer BHS for £1 ($1.28) to the former racing car driver Dominic Chappell.
But the troubled retailer quickly collapsed with the loss of 11,000 jobs and a £571m ($732m)pension deficit.
Furious MPs and minsters accused Sir Philip of purposely ‘misleading’ people over the decline of the retailer and demanded that he was stripped of his honour.
But despite the outcry he managed to cling on to his title, making an offer to put in £363million ($465 million) of his own money to help fund the gap in the pensions fund.
The full statement by Labour peer Lord Hain
Lord Peter Hain told the House of Lords today: ‘Having been contacted by somebody intimately involved in the case of a powerful businessman using non-disclosure agreements and substantial payments to conceal the truth about serious and repeated sexual harassment, racist abuse and bullying which is compulsively continuing, I feel it’s my duty under parliamentary privilege to name Philip Green as the individual in question, given that the media have been subject to an injunction preventing publication of the full details of a story which is clearly in the public interest.’
The statement was made in the chamber and broadcast online through Westminster’s parliamentlive.tv.
The Tory MP Maria Miller, chairwoman of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, slammed the use of non disclosure agreements (NDAs) – gagging orders which prevent people going public with their allegations – being handed out.
She told MailOnline: ‘Given the huge influence Philip Green wields in the world of business it is surprising the Court of Appeal decided it wasn’t in the public interest to make public the string of payments that have been made.’
Making a general point about NDAs, she added: ‘It’s unacceptable that the current system allows the use of NDAs to cover up serial offenders and that cannot be allowed to continue.’
Dawn Butler, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, said: ‘While much of the focus in the coming days will be on this man and his alleged actions, let us also pay tribute to survivors of sexual abuse and harassment, who are too often silenced and cannot command an army of lawyers to fight their corner.
‘NDAs should never be used to suppress allegations of criminal behaviour. If the current law doesn’t protect the voices of survivors, the next Labour government will legislate to do so.’
The Daily Telegraph has reported that five former employees signed controversial NDAs in which they agreed to remain silent over the claims.
The newspaper said it learned of the secret deals while separately investigating claims of bullying and intimidation.
But before the information was published, Sir Philip’s lawyers launched a legal case and three appeal judges ruled the information was likely to be in breach of the NDAs.
They imposed an injunction preventing the publication of the allegations until a full High Court hearing could consider the case.
Who is the former Labour minister Peter Hain who named Philip Green in the Lords?
Peter Hain, the politician who named Sir Philip Green in the Lords today, is a veteran Labour minister who has served on the political front lines for almost 30 years.
Born in Kenya, Hain first rose to prominence as a leading anti-Apartheid campaigner disrupting rugby and cricket tours by all-white South African teams.
Hain, 68, entered Parliament in 1991 as MP for Neath and served in a series Cabinet posts under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
In his most senior post, he served as Northern Ireland Secretary and acting First Minister of Northern Ireland during a period of direct rule in 2007.
Peter Hain, then Northern Ireland Secretary, in his office at the Stormont Assembly building in Belfast in 2007
A married father of two, Hain entered the House of Lords after the 2015 General Election.
Hain’s last brush with the law came during a bizarre contempt of court case in March 2012.
The then Attorney General of Northern Ireland John Larkin tried to prosecute Hain for comments in a book about a 2007 judicial review.
The case descended into farce when the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland tried to charge him with ‘scandalising the court’, an arcane 19th Century offence. The case was dropped a month before its trial date.
#PinkNotGreen spreads on Twitter as female customers threaten to boycott Topshop in wake of sexual harassment claims against Sir Philip Green
By Lara Keay for MailOnline
#PinkNotGreen has spread across social networks as female shoppers threaten to boycott Topshop after boss Sir Philip Green was outed as the subject of sexual harassment claims.
Newspapers were prevented from publishing allegations against the billionaire businessman after he was granted a High Court injunction.
Alleged victims signed non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to stop claims of bullying, sexual harassment and racism getting out.
But today former minister Lord Peter Hain said it was his duty to use his parliamentary privilege to reveal the identity of the ‘British #MeToo’ tycoon at the centre of the claims.
Following his announcement today, Twitter has been awash with shoppers saying they plan to boycott all of Sir Philip’s Arcadia Group stores, championing pink – representing feminism, over green – the retail mogul’s last name.
Sir Philip was outed as the subject of #MeToo allegations of sexual harassment and racism after he was named in Parliament. In the US the #MeToo movement was triggered by allegations emerging about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein (pictured with Green)
One person tweeted: ‘Phillip Green owns one of the biggest stores on the high street and clothes millions of British teens.
‘How dare he. How very dare he. #MeToo #PinkNotGreen’
Another wrote: ‘Fully boycotting @Topshop #PinkNotGreen,’ while someone else posted: ‘Yet another reason to stop shopping in all his stores #pinknotgreen.’
Social media users were quick to comment on the last-minute dismantling of a feminist book display at Sir Philip’s Oxford Circus Topshop store recently.
The fashion chain was forced to apologise after Scarlett Curtis’s ‘Feminists Don’t Wear Pink’ vanished from the shop just 20 minutes after it was set up.
That day, Ms Curtis, who is the daughter of screenwriter Richard Curtis, started the #PinkNotGreen hashtag.
She wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m not allowed to say much on this right now but let’s just say I am heartbroken and the patriarchy is still alive and kicking… #PinkNotGreen’
Today Twitter users posted: ‘Phillip Green sells FEMINIST branded t-shirts but uses NDA’s to conceal allegations of sexual harassment, racist abuse and bullying.
‘Stop buying feminist merch. Start supporting women’s rights. Stop supporting this man. #MeToo #PinkNotGreen’
Another wrote: ‘No wonder Philip Green didn’t want @scarcurtis’ book anywhere near Topshop.
‘He’s the complete opposite of what feminism stands for. The truth always comes out, NDA or no NDA.
‘The women of this world will be silenced no more. #pinknotgreen’
Social media users were quick to comment on the last-minute dismantling of a feminist book display at Sir Philip’s Oxford Circus Topshop store recently (pictured)
THE STARS WHO USED THEIR WEALTH TO HIDE THEIR AFFAIRS
A large number of household names have secured injunctions to hide their affairs – often using their families and children as a reason to keep their extramarital sex secret.
Here are the ones we still cannot name:
The married celebrity
Known as PJS, or the ‘olive oil bath threesome’ celebrity after lower courts initially refused him a privacy injunction because his cheating contradicted his public portrayal of married commitment.
The star footballer
Household name who used an injunction to hush up claims he cheated on his partner with another celeb.
Leading actor, married, a father. Cheated on his wife with Helen Wood, same prostitute who slept with Wayne Rooney. Helen Wood claims she had sexual relationship with the actor, whom she met through an acquaintance.
The ‘figure of trust’
A high profile celebrity woman described as a ‘figure of trust’ was granted an injunction in Manchester in May last year to prevent her lover from leaking details of her affair with a famous married man to the press.
The football manager
A married Premier League boss is currently threatening to gag The Sun over an alleged secret lover. He is the same manager who previously won a court order banning revelations about another affair.
The ‘high profile figure’
Obtained an injunction to stop a woman revealing details of sexual encounters which took place in his home, because it would be ‘very distressing for his family’ to hear of them.
The top footballer
Married with children, the Premier League star took out an injunction to stop his philandering becoming known.
The ‘world famous sportsman’
A multimillionaire sportsman – not a footballer – he is married and a father, but won an order to suppress any suggestions of an ‘extra marital affair’.
The TV celebrity
The household name star and ‘family’ man was allowed to suppress ‘intimate’ photos of him with a woman with a permanent gagging order – previously reserved for killer children – and the woman was even told she had a ‘duty of confidence’ to the celebrity.
A well-known married man working in the entertainment industry who had an affair with a colleague.
The Premier League star
An international star with a long-standing partner, he hushed up claims of ‘illicit sex’ with a woman.
And the ones we can name..
2001 – won injunction
Flitcroft, millionaire father of a seven-month-old daughter, spent £200,000 ($256,000) on his court battle to stop a Sunday newspaper publishing details of his secret relationships with a lapdancer and nursery nurse.
It ended in 2002 when the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, turned down a final plea from the player’s lawyers for his anonymity to be continued after learning that Flitcroft himself had negotiated with another newspaper to sell his version of events.
He had also told his wife, Karen, something about the affairs.
Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler
2003 – failed injunction
Liverpool stars tried to block claims they had threesome with a woman.
2004 – failed injunction
Ordered lawyers to seek injunction against Sky broadcasting Rebecca Loos interview, but no injunction was granted. His former personal assistant claimed she had a four-month affair with him, which he denies.
Beckham’s lawyers said she was breaking a confidentiality agreement.
18 January 2008 – won injunction
Andrew Marr used a gagging order to hush up an extra-marital affair- and was the first public figure voluntarily to admit trying to conceal his infidelity.
Mr Marr won a High Court injunction in January 2008 to suppress reports of a relationship with a fellow journalist five years earlier.
At the time, he believed he had fathered a child with the woman. He also made maintenance payments – until he discovered through a DNA test that he was not the girl’s father.
25 Jan 2010 – injunction ordered – scrapped four days later
The Chelsea skipper is claimed to have cheated behind his wife’s back. The England captain married Toni Poole in 2007.
The Chelsea star had initially used human rights laws to obtain a gagging order against the press, claiming his right to a ‘private and family life’.
But the judge who threw out the order said he thought Terry was more concerned about the threat to his lucrative sponsorship deals.
6 Oct 2010 – injunction granted
Jeremy Clarkson lifted his own a gagging order preventing his ex-wife from claiming they had an affair after he remarried.
The Top Gear presenter won an injunction last year banning Alex Hall from revealing intimate details of their relationship, including allegations that they had sex after Clarkson wed his second wife Francie.
At the time the father of three could be described only as ‘a married TV star’ and his first wife’s identity was kept secret as he became the latest figure to use the courts to protect his privacy.
Clarkson decided to unmask himself after concluding: ‘Injunctions don’t work – it’s pointless
14 April 2011 – injunction granted in High Court
Ryan Giggs paid the price for his secrecy battle as Parliament launched a dramatic fightback against the judiciary.
John Hemming’s intervention in 2011, applauded by fellow MPs, ended the Manchester United star’s fight to maintain his reputation as a faithful husband – despite an alleged affair with model Imogen Thomas.
Less than 24 hours earlier, 37-year-old Giggs had presented his wife Stacey and two young children to a 76,000-strong crowd at Old Trafford and a global television audience.
It later emerged he had an affair with his brother’s wife – and his wife Stacey left him this year after allegations he flirted with a PR girl.