Hove MP Peter Kyle has asked the Metropolitan Police to investigate Top Shop tycoon Sir Philip Green.
The Labour MP, a member of the Commons Business Committee, made the request after the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported claims that the businessman groped a female executive and racially slurred an employee.
According to the newspaper, Mr Kyle wrote yesterday (Sunday 10 February) to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick asking her force to investigate the allegations.
Mr Kyle said that “it is clear that some of his behaviour warrants criminal investigation”.
His letter said: “Sir Philip Green is accused of monstrous acts which must have inflicted unimaginable fear into his subordinates, particularly women and people belonging to minority groups, who seem to have attracted the most vicious of his alleged attacks.”
The newspaper said that Sir Philip tried to buy the silence of the female executive that he allegedly groped with a seven-figure payoff.
The Telegraph also that five employees had signed non-disclosure agreements aimed at keeping their complaints confidential with Sir Philip also trying to silence the newspaper with a High Court injunction.
Sir Philip has denied that his behaviour was criminal or amounted to gross misconduct.