A British politician has used Parliament’s free-speech guarantee to name a prominent businessman who is accused of sexual harassment and secured a court order barring the media from revealing his identity. Philip Green, owner of clothing retailer Topshop, was named in the House of Lords on Thursday by Labour politician Peter Hain.
Green obtained a court injunction to stop the Daily Telegraph from running stories about employee allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse.
The Court of Appeal made the order because the five alleged victims signed non-disclosure agreements as part of settlement packages in which they received substantial payments. The injunction prevented the media from naming Green, but lawmakers’ words in Parliament are immune from legal action under a measure known as parliamentary privilege.