Sir Philip Green charged in US with four counts of assault after pregnant Pilates instructor said he spanked her at Arizona spa

SIR Philip Green has been charged with assault in the US — three months after The Sun uncovered claims he groped a pilates instructor.

The Topshop billionaire,  67, was accused of four misdemeanour assaults which each carry a possible 30-day jail term.

The tycoon allegedly molested Katie Surridge, 37, on two occasions at his luxury retreat in Arizona at the five-star Canyon Ranch spa.

Pima County Attorney's Office deputy county attorney Lauren Deakin said: "Philip Green has been formally charged with four misdemeanour assault counts.

"Each count has a potential sentence of up to 30 days in the Pima County jail, a fine of not more than 500 dollars, and up to one year of probation."

The charges follows revelations by The Sun that Ms Surridge complained to bosses on two occasions about the alleged sexual harassment.

She reported Green to police in Tucson, Arizona, after the both alleged incidents at the Canyon Ranch resort, where he has a £2.3million home.

He was first alleged to have slapped the young mum on the bottom after turning up at a Pilates class she was running on the £750-a-night ranch in January 2016.


Ms Surridge had told The Sun: “He came in between guests and he was like: ‘I’ve never done Pilates before’ and he was saying: ‘I should totally do it’.

“The he patted me on my butt about ten times. It was vigorous. To me, in front of guests at work, it was inappropriate behaviour."

The charges were levelled after an independent witness backed Ms Surridge's allegations, which she made in The Sun in February.

Kimberly Khoury, 54, told police that the  mogul grabbed his victim with his “octopus-like hand”.

Ms Khoury, a homeowner at the resort, backed her account, telling police: “I see his hand go reach out and, like, pat her buttock.

“And then pat it again and like, grab her buttocks.

“I can’t tell you what we talked about because I was so focused on what was happening with his octopus-like hand.”

They continued talking before he grabbed Ms Surridge’s bottom again, Ms Khoury alleged.

“And like, slaps, you know, spanks it, whatever . . . taps it,” she continued.

“And then grabs again and this happened in the course of like a minute-and-a-half, or two minutes. He did that three or four times. It was pretty clear that she wasn’t welcoming the behaviour.”


Ms Khoury said she found it disturbing and spoke to senior management at the ranch.

In her police interview, released yesterday, Ms Surridge said Green  molested her again two years later.

Green had been seeking solace at 150-acre Canyon Ranch in October last year after he was outed as the mogul gagging five former employees from making sexual harassment claims.

He has previously denied the allegations investigated by the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

In February the Sun tracked him down to his nine-bedroom home, in the grounds. He brushed off his behaviour as just “banter” and moaned that his life was now a “horror story”.

A court date has been set for June 19 but Green, who denies the allegations, claims he will not have to appear in court.

Sir Philip's spokesman said: "Sir Philip strenuously denies these allegations and is disappointed that the charges have been filed in his absence and they are minor categories of misdemeanour in the United States.

"Sir Philip is not personally required to attend before the court at the forthcoming hearing and will be represented by his lawyer.

"Contrary to previous suggestions in the media there is no allegation of any sexual assault or misconduct made by the prosecution."



Andrew 'on collision course with Palace' as he demands jury for lawsuit


Luxury life of ‘world’s youngest billionaire’ who owned first mansion aged SIX


Chief Maddie suspect 'has circle of pals to provide alibi at key moment'


Ukraine's Neo Nazis prepare for Russia war with guerrillas & 'Mad Max' tanks

The retreat welcomes 14,000 guests each year including disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, Oprah Winfrey and Julia Roberts.

A spokesman for Canyon Ranch said: “We do not discuss personnel matters out of sensitivity for employee privacy and will not comment on these allegations. Canyon Ranch does not condone or tolerate inappropriate behaviour towards our employees.

“We have strict policies and procedures that prohibit inappropriate behaviour, and takes prompt, remedial action with respect to inappropriate behaviour allegations reported to us.”

Source: Read Full Article