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 four counts of misdemeanour assault in the US.

It comes after a Pilates instructor at a Arizona resort alleged the Arcadia mogul repeatedly touched her inappropriately, Pima County Attorney’s Office said.

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 mum-of-two, Katie Surridge, 37, complained to bosses on two occasions about the alleged sexual harassment.

In emails she alleged the tycoon has been warned to stop his behaviour.

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

The 66-year-old was first alleged to have slapped young mum Katie on the bottom after turning up at a Pilates class she was running on the £750-a-night ranch in January 2016.

'PATTED ME ON THE BUTT TEN TIMES'

Katie 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."

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”.

 

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.”

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