Ted Baker boss takes break over staff ‘hug­ging’ claims


THE boss of fash­ion chain Ted Baker is tak­ing a leave of ab­sence as al­le­ga­tions of “forced hug­ging” are in­ves­ti­gated.

Ray Kelvin, 62, an­nounced yesterday he is tak­ing vol­un­tary leave.

He said in a state­ment the ac­cu­sa­tions “raised some very se­ri­ous and up­set­ting is­sues”.

Ted Baker added di­rec­tors look­ing into the claims have now been made aware of AB­SENCE Ray Kelvin “fur­ther se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions”. Mr Kelvin agreed to go on leave “for the ben­e­fit of the busi­ness and the peo­ple who work in it,” the firm added.

The claims emerged when a pe­ti­tion by about 300 cur­rent and for­mer staff called on the firm to ad­dress “a cul­ture that leaves ha­rass­ment un­chal­lenged”. It was also claimed Mr Kelvin mas­saged em­ploy­ees and asked some to sit on his lap. His state­ment added: “Ted Baker is ev­ery­thing to me and I can’t bear to see it harmed.”

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