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Vogue chain Ted Baker’s chief government Ray Kelvin is to take a voluntary go away of absence amid allegations of harassment.

Final week, a web-based petition launched by staff accused 62-year-old Mr Kelvin of inappropriate feedback and behavior, including “forced hugging”.

Ted Baker mentioned its committee and board had been made conscious of “additional critical allegations” in opposition to Mr Kelvin.

Mr Kelvin mentioned the claims had raised “critical and upsetting points”.

The corporate has appointed a legislation agency to conduct an unbiased exterior investigation.

And chief working officer Lindsay Web page has been named appearing chief government.

The petition, on the office web site Organise, mentioned that over 200 Ted Baker workers have been lastly breaking their silence about at the very least “50 recorded incidents of harassment” on the vogue group.

Employees claimed that in addition to partaking them in unwelcome embraces, the model’s founder had requested younger feminine members of workers to take a seat on his knee, cuddle him, or let him therapeutic massage their ears.

Mr Kelvin mentioned that allegations had raised some “very critical and upsetting points”, and that it was “solely proper” Ted Baker’s committee and board ought to examine.

“Ted Baker has been my life and soul for 30 years,” he mentioned.

“I really like this firm and I care deeply for all my colleagues. It is for that motive that I’ve determined to take a short lived go away of absence.

“Ted Baker means every part to me and I can not bear to see it harmed in any method.”