A U.K. Billionaire Stopped the Press From Reporting Allegations of Harassment – Raising Questions

A British billionaire businessman was allegedly able to get a court order stopping the U.K. press from reporting allegations of sexual misconduct and racial harassment – a case that is raising questions of free speech and freedom of the press in the era of #MeToo.

Sir Philip Green, the owner of Topshop, was named on Thursday as the businessman in question. The allegations against the businessman were first reported by the Daily Telegraph of London on Wednesday, but Green could not be named due to the court order.

Lord Peter Hain, a member of the House of Lords in the U.K. Parliament, used the longstanding rule of parliamentary privilege to name Green. The rule allows lawmakers to avoid prosecution for whatever they say in the chamber — a convention designed to safeguard democratic society. It means media are able to report his name for the first time.

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