A high court judge has lifted the gagging order preventing the Daily Telegraph publishing details of misconduct allegations against Sir Philip Green, formally ending a legal battle between the two parties.
The Daily Telegraph intends to publish the full details of the allegations, which include sexual harassment and racial abuse, brought forward by five employees at the Arcadia Group online at 9pm tonight and in tomorrow’s paper.
The Arcadia boss was first revealed as the businessman behind the gagging order in October by Lord Hain who used parliamentary privilege to name him in the House of Lords.
Sir Philip has denied the allegations in the NDAs.
In December, he brought legal action against the Daily Telegraph to force them to reveal their sources on the story and sought damages to his reputation. Sir Philip dropped the case last week.
A statement by Sir Philip and the board of the Arcadia Group said that they are “pleased” with today’s judgement but accused the Daily Telegraph of pursuing a “vendetta” against them and urged them not to publish the details: “The Telegraph has pursued a vendetta against Sir Philip Green and the employees and management of Arcadia Group for the past nine months, harassing many of its staff and their families in their homes, often at night and at weekends. The Telegraph and its owners must now decide whether to do the decent thing and respect the NDAs.”