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Ted Baker shares fall after ‘forced hugging’ complaints

Ray Kelvin Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Ted Baker founder Ray Kelvin famously refuses to show his full face in photos

Shares in Ted Baker have hit a three-year low in London after allegations of “forced hugging” about the fashion group’s founder and boss, Ray Kelvin.

Stock in the firm, which issues a trading update on Thursday, closed down 15%, or £2.76, at £15.50, on Monday.

A petition, launched by employees, accuses 62-year-old Mr Kelvin of inappropriate comments and behaviour.

The firm says a “thorough independent investigation” will be conducted into the allegations, which it disputes.

‘Part of the culture’

The petition on the workplace website Organise says that more than “200 Ted Baker staff are breaking the silence”, and speaking out about “50 recorded incidents of harassment at Ted Baker”.

“It is part of a culture that leaves harassment unchallenged,” the petition claims.

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