Karren Brady, the star businesswoman of The Apprentice, said she resigned from the board of Sir Philip Green’s retail empire because accusations against the street tycoon were incompatible with being a feminist.
The comments come almost a year after Lady Brady had resisted calls to cut her ties with Green after the businessman had sexually harassed and abused racial staff. Green has always denied any illegal behavior towards employees.
In the wake of last year’s storm over the accusations, Brady initially said he had a “sense of duty” towards the employees of the Green holding company and that “getting away” would have been the easiest.
However, fifteen days later he resigned from Green’s Taveta Investments, owner of Topshop and Miss Selfridge, in February 2019.
On Tuesday, when asked in the Sky News business program Ian King Live how she squared her “feminist credentials with some of the things that Sir Philip was accused of,” Brady replied: “Well, I didn’t add them because I quit. I think that says all he has to say. “
He had previously told the program: “I still speak with [Green]yeah The business I think is very important. Most of the people who work there are women. Employ thousands of people. It is an integral part of our main street: we know that the main street is going through a very difficult time and I think it is important for that business to succeed. “
Brady, a Tory companion in the House of Lords, is best known for the leading roles she has played in the Premier League football club West Ham United, where she is vice president, and as assistant to Lord Sugar in BBC’s Apprentice One.
The businesswoman first stood out in 1993 at the age of 23, when she was appointed managing director of another football club, Birmingham City, and is still frequently referred to as “the first lady of football.”
That prolific and high-profile business career has allowed Brady to become an advocate for women in the workplace.
However, while campaigning for women’s rights, he has also been closely associated with some of the most unrebuilt company figures, such as Sugar, Green and former pornographer David Sullivan, owner of Birmingham City before Acquire half of West Ham.