Steve Coogan: ‘Greed is not a direct attack on Philip Green’

Steve Coogan has insisted his new movie Greed isn’t a “direct attack” on businessman Philip Green, despite using the controversial retail mogul as an inspiration.Coogan’s fictional character in the film, Sir Richard McCreadie, is loosely based on Green…

Steve Coogan has insisted his new movie Greed isn’t a “direct attack” on businessman Philip Green, despite using the controversial retail mogul as an inspiration.

Coogan’s fictional character in the film, Sir Richard McCreadie, is loosely based on Green, with the film’s storylines taking inspiration from many of the news stories surrounding the British entrepreneur, including alleged tax avoidance and lavish celebrity-filled parties.

However, the comedian has insisted to the BBC that the movie is not a “direct attack” on the Arcadia Group chairman, but that his lavish lifestyle and outspoken manner provided a good hook for a film about how the wealthy exploit people.

“There are many people who make their money by exploiting people,” he explained. “Most of them behave discreetly and they don’t want to draw attention to themselves, but (Green is) the reverse.

“For a long time, he was like, ‘Check me out, see how successful I am. Look at my money. Look at my parties. Look at my friends.’ Because he’s a charismatic figure, it was a good basis on which to develop this movie idea.

“Even though (my character is) horrible to people he’s got a funny turn of phrase, so you go along for the ride and that’s important. If it’s just obnoxious, reprehensible behaviour then you’re not going to stick around too long.”

Although he was a divisive figure due to his wealth and tax arrangements, Green was also often seen in the company of stars, including Kate Moss, who designed for his Topshop chain, until he was accused of bullying and sexual harassment in 2018. He has denied all allegations and a U.S. case against him was dismissed last month.

Friends of Green have said he will not watch the film, telling Britain’s Sunday People he’s avoiding it because he’s heard “it’s a load of s**t”.

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Jeremy Meeks developing his own fashion line

Jeremy Meeks is gearing up to launch his own fashion brand.The model rose to fame in 2014 after police officers posted his mug shot on Facebook, with the photo soon going viral and garnering him the “hot felon” nickname. Meeks has since gone on to walk…

Jeremy Meeks is gearing up to launch his own fashion brand.

The model rose to fame in 2014 after police officers posted his mug shot on Facebook, with the photo soon going viral and garnering him the “hot felon” nickname.

Meeks has since gone on to walk the runway for the likes of Philipp Plein and Tommy Hilfiger, and now he has announced that he has secured a lucrative contract with Germany-based distributor Fashion Concept GmbH.

“Been working…finally, my own Fashion Label! Jeremy Meeks Fashion coming December 2019,” he wrote alongside a teaser clip on his Instagram page on Monday.

The footage showed black and white T-shirts with the phrases, “I believed in me when no one else did,” and “I have to be rich because I love expensive s**t.”

Meanwhile, representatives for Fashion Concept plan for the Jeremy Meeks brand to fit into the “high-end” market, with prices starting at 200 euros ($218 / £177).

“The garments will be of high quality, style, comfort and elegance,” they commented in a press release. “Fashion Concept wishes to open up new perspectives with this deal and to press ahead with the change in the fashion industry.”

In addition, a spokesperson claimed the deal was worth $15 million ($12 million) to Meeks. As part of the contract, the 35-year-old will promote the line on social media platforms, including on his Instagram page, where he boasts 1.6 million followers.

He is also posing in campaigns for Fashion Concept’s other two brands – Jimmy Sanders and Auden Cavill.

And the partnership may also be a further hint that his relationship with Chloe Green, daughter of Topshop owner Philip Green, has ended. The pair welcomed their first child together, son Jayden Meeks-Green, in March 2018, but were reported to have parted ways in August.

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Beyonce severs ties with shamed mogul Philip Green

Beyonce has severed business ties with retail mogul Philip Green after he was accused of sexual harassment, racism and bullying. Last month (Oct18) the Topshop owner was named as the individual who had taken out an injunction against Britain’s Daily T…

Beyonce has severed business ties with retail mogul Philip Green after he was accused of sexual harassment, racism and bullying.

Last month (Oct18) the Topshop owner was named as the individual who had taken out an injunction against Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper to prevent them publishing a report alleging he had hushed up claims he sexually harassed and racially abused staff.

His firm owned half of Beyonce’s Ivy Park athletic streetwear brand, which was sold in Topshop, but after criticism from fans, her team has confirmed the superstar has bought out the shamed tycoon’s share of the business and cut ties with him.

“After discussions of almost a year, Parkwood has acquired 100 per cent of the Ivy Park brand,” a representative of her management company Parkwood Entertainment told Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper. They added that Topshop will fulfil customers’ existing orders. For the moment, the activewear line is still available to buy in store and via the company’s website.

Beyonce launched the Ivy Park line in 2016, two years after she helped Philip open Topshop’s flagship New York store.

“I could not think of a better partner as I continue to grow the Parkwood business,” the 37-year-old mogul said in a statement at the time. “I have always loved Topshop for their fashion credentials and forward thinking.”

The Formation singer was just one of a number of stars who found themselves in the disgraced retail magnate’s orbit – as Kate Moss also designed several collections for Topshop, and he owned a stake in Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment firm.

The X Factor supremo recently branded his former business partner a “toxic figure” who he should never have involved in his business.

In 2016, Philip was strongly criticised by U.K. politicians for alleged tax avoidance and for selling another of his retailers, BHS, when its pension fund had a deficit of $729 million (£571 million).

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