Under fire billionaire Sir Philip Green is facing claims he cut a female executive’s hair during a meeting.
A former employee said the woman ‘did not even realise’ when the Arcadia boss allegedly chopped off some of her locks with scissors.
It comes as he was caught on camera in Arizona, US, telling reporters to leave him alone following the revelation he used an injunction to stop allegations of racism, sexual harassment and bullying being made public.
Sir Philip, 66, has repeatedly denied the accusations and said he was ‘very, very upset’ at the situation.
Green was caught on camera in Arizona telling reporters to leave him alone at his home in the state
Green has denied allegations of racism, sexual harassment and bullying made against him earlier this month
A source told The Sun the billionaire was ‘fumbling around’ behind one of his senior employees during a meeting before snipping off her hair.
The source said: ‘She didn’t even really realise what happened. He took scissors and cut a lock of her hair. It’s outrageous behaviour.’
The source also claimed Sir Philip ‘made female staff kiss him on the cheek when they passed him in the office’ and gave them ‘lingering hugs’, while another female executive was allegedly ‘humiliated into walking around holding his hand’.
He was also seen on camera walking through the Arizona countryside being questioned by reporters who asked him if he was worried about losing his knighthood or businesses.
Sir Philip Green has been accused of cutting a female executive’s hair while in a business meeting. He is pictured here on a walk in Arizona, US
The tycoon, pictured being questioned by reporters in the US, has also been accused of ‘making female employees kiss him on the cheek’
Sir Philip, 66, pictured, had repeatedly denied the accusations and told reporters in the US he had ‘made a statement’ before getting into a van
Sir Philip, pictured in Arizona, said over the weekend: ‘I’m very, very, very upset. I’m being used as target practice when there is zero [evidence] that anyone has turned up with. It’s injuring my business, all the people potentially working in the business, and it’s injuring me and my family’
The 66-year-old (pictured in Arizona) has strenuously denied allegations of harassment that surfaced during the week
Sir Philip with top models in 2014. There is no suggestion that anyone pictured is involved in any of the allegations against him
After also being questioned on whether he had done anything inappropriate, Sir Philip said: ‘I’ve made a statement last week…go and read it.’
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the TopShop owner, who is staying at a spa resort in Arizona, said that he had indulged in nothing more than ‘banter’ with his staff, claiming he had a good relationship with those who worked for him.
He added: ‘I’m very, very, very upset. I’m being used as target practice when there is zero [evidence] that anyone has turned up with. It’s injuring my business, all the people potentially working in the business, and it’s injuring me and my family.’
Asked what his wife, Tina, thought of the allegations, he said: ‘Tina is horrified, she’s appalled that people are treating us like this. We all feel the same. It’s a horror story. Somebody can say whatever they like and people just follow you around, chasing you and harassing you.
Sir Philip lives a glamorous lifestyle, mixing with the country’s top models. There is no suggestion anyone pictured is involved in any of the allegations against him
Green, pictured with disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein in 2009. There is no suggestion Sir Philip is linked to any of the allegations made about Weinstein
Sir Philip is also well known for enjoying holidays aboard his £115million yacht Lionheart, pictured, which is often spotted in the Mediterranean
His wife Lady Tina, second right, is also a billionaire and the couple have two children – daughter Chloe, pictured far left with Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, and son Brandon (not pictured)
‘I’ve been in business for more than 40 years. There has obviously from time to time been some banter, but as far as I’m concerned that’s never been offensive.
‘I’ve got a good relationship with all my staff. In all that time, until the recent issues, I’ve not had one litigation or complaint.
‘If anything I’ve said has caused offence, I’m happy to apologise. Nothing I’ve said was ever meant to be offensive.
‘Many people have worked for the family for many years and I’ve never had any problems.’
The former owner of BHS had initially prevented the Daily Telegraph from reporting the allegations against him by taking out an injunction.
It only became public when former Northern Ireland secretary Lord Peter Hain used parliamentary privilege, which protects him from being sued, to name Sir Philip.
The tycoon released a statement saying he ‘categorically and wholly denies’ allegations of ‘unlawful sexual or racist behaviour’.
He also said he would formally complain against Lord Hain who used parliamentary privilege to name him because the Labour peer ‘failed to disclose that he has a financial relationship with the law firm, Gordon Dadds, who represent the Telegraph.’
The Green family are pictured here enjoying a holiday in Greece with Chloe’s boyfriend Jeremy Meeks, second right
Sir Philip, pictured with Chloe in 2015, has also endured controversies over the years including the collapse of BHS in 2015, a year after he sold it for £1
Among some of the serious claims put towards him include Sir Philip calling women ‘sweetheart’, ‘darling’ or love’ instead of their names and also calling other female employees overweight.
He is also alleged to have crept up behind women in the corridors and touching staff members awkwardly.
The 66-year-old is also claimed to have gone into meeting and asked if there were any ‘naughty girls’ that ‘needed their bottoms slapped’.
In a statement after he was named in parliament as the businessman behind an injunction against the Daily Telegraph, he said: ‘I am not commenting on anything that has happened in court or was said in Parliament today.
‘To the extent that it is suggested that I have been guilty of unlawful sexual or racist behaviour, I categorically and wholly deny these allegations.
‘Arcadia and I take accusations and grievances from employees very seriously and in the event that one is raised, it is thoroughly investigated.
‘Arcadia employs more than 20,000 people and in common with many large businesses sometimes receives formal complaints from employees.
‘In some cases these are settled with the agreement of all parties and their legal advisers.
‘These settlements are confidential so I cannot comment further on them.’