Fitness instructor accusing Sir Philip Green of having caught her at a luxury resort, appears in court in Arizona to sue her
- Topshop boss Philip Green court hearing takes place in Tuscon, Arizona
- Gym instructor Katie Surridge, 38, claimed that he repeatedly stroked her and made sexual comments
- Prosecutors can offer a plea in exchange for a confession
The first hearing on allegations against Sir Philip Green by a gym teacher in a luxury spa began yesterday.
Accused of four counts of violence, the Topshop boss is accused of repeatedly & # 39; the bottom of Pilates coach Katie Surridge, 38 & # 39; to have touched, and to make sexual remarks to her even after being told to stop.
Although Green was absent from a successful appeal by his lawyers to prevent an appearance, Mrs. Surridge and her husband and legal team appeared at Pima County Justice Court in Tucson, Arizona to listen to the short hearing.
Accused of four counts of violence, the Topshop boss is accused of repeatedly stroking the bottom of Pilates coach Katie Surridge, 38 (photo) and making sexual remarks to her, even after being told to stop
It is believed that prosecutors can offer the billionaire a plea in exchange for a confession, with each of the four counts being sentenced to a maximum of 30 days' imprisonment.
However, the consequences of a guilty plea can go further and can put pressure on the British government to rid Green of its knighthood.
Speaking after the police started their investigation, Surridge accused Sir Philip of hiding behind expensive lawyers & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Sir Philip must come to the US and face what he did, & # 39; said the mother of three Telegraph.
Mrs. Surridge appeared at the Pima County Court in Tucson, Arizona to listen to the short hearing with her husband (photo)
& # 39; This case is not going away, and sooner or later he will realize that.
& # 39; You can have all the money in the world, but you can't behave the way he did and expect you to just walk away. & # 39;
Green has hired several high-profile lawyers to defend the case, including the lawyer who succeeded in dropping charges against sexual violence against actor Kevin Spacey.
After the hearing, Deputy Public Prosecutor Lauren Deakin said to the Telegraph: & # 39; An advocacy deal would require recognition of guilt if he took one and so I cannot share anything else about that process at this point other than it is a normal part of the criminal trial. & # 39;
Green has hired several high-profile lawyers to defend the case, including the lawyer who succeeded in dropping charges against sexual violence against actor Kevin Spacey
Since the charges were announced, other women who work at a Canyon Ranch spa have reported to accuse Green of inappropriate behavior.
In July, Jennifer McAmis, a 30-year-old fitness instructor, claimed that she had to wear extra layers of clothing because Sir Philip was so grabbing & # 39; used to be.
At least another employee has also submitted official complaints about his behavior, it is understood.
Green still owns a luxury mansion near the spa, but is banned from using the spa and gym.
Another court date, on which evidence can be brought, is set for October 23.
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