Celebrities were pictured in an awkward situation after partying at a lavish bash in London last night thrown by two of Sir Philip Green’s famous brands.
The glitzy night out came just hours after he was revealed as the tycoon trying to stop bullying allegations against him being made public.
Stars of The Only Way is Essex, Strictly Come Dancing and Made in Chelsea were spotted at the Boundary restaurant in Shoreditch to celebrate the launch of Dorothy Perkins and Burton’s Christmas collections.
Both brands are part of the Arcadia group owned by Sir Philip, worth around £4billion, and the news did not stop the celebrities smiling as they posed for pictures.
Famous faces included actress and model Gemma Atkinson and her professional dancer partner Gorka Marquez, who met on Strictly Come Dancing last year.
They were joined by TOWIE star Pete Wicks and professional male stripper Lotan Carter, while Made in Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo was also seen beaming for the cameras.
It comes as A list-celebrity friends of the businessman, including supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, have remained silent on the matter almost 24 hours on after the revelation.
Billionaire Sir Philip, 66, had attempted to ban newspapers from reporting bullying allegations using controversial non disclosure orders on five former employees.
He obtained an injunction at the Court of Appeal but it was made redundant yesterday after Lord Hain used parliamentary privilege to name him in the House of Lords.
Some MPs said he should lose his knighthood over the claims and today a spokeswoman for Theresa May said the committee responsible is ‘continually reviewing evidence’ in such cases but did not confirm whether it would be specifically probing Sir Philip.
Calls have also been made to boycott his businesses on social media, although many have opposed this saying it would penalise his ‘hard-working staff’ rather than the billionaire.
The accusations against the billionaire have not been proven in court or at a tribunal and in a statement issued last night, Sir Philip said: ‘I am not commenting on anything that has happened in court or was said in Parliament today.
‘To the extent that it is suggested that I have been guilty of unlawful sexual or racist behaviour, I categorically and wholly deny these allegations.
‘Arcadia and I take accusations and grievances from employees very seriously and in the event that one is raised, it is thoroughly investigated.
‘Arcadia employs more than 20,000 people and in common with many large businesses sometimes receives formal complaints from employees.
‘In some cases these are settled with the agreement of all parties and their legal advisers. These settlements are confidential so I cannot comment further on them.’