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TopShop founder charged after accused of assaulting Tucson fitness instructor

TUCSON – The founder of the British multinational fashion retailer, TopShop is facing assault charges after a Tucson fitness instructor claimed the founder touched her inappropriately.

According to Pima County Sheriff’s Department, an instructor at Canyon Ranch Fitness claims there were numerous incidents where Sir Philip Green reportedly slapped her bottom. The victim said the assaults occurred in 2016 and 2018.

The retail mogul charged with four counts of assault in reference to the incidents.

In a statement given to CNN on behalf of Philip Green, the businessman “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 also denied “any allegation of any sexual assault or misconduct made by the prosecution.”

Canyon Ranch released the following statement about the alleged assault case:

At Canyon Ranch, we do not discuss personnel matters out of sensitivity for employee privacy, and therefore will not comment on these allegations.  Canyon Ranch does not condone or tolerate inappropriate behavior towards our employees.  Canyon Ranch has strict policies and procedures that prohibit inappropriate behavior, and takes prompt, remedial action with respect to inappropriate behavior allegations.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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