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The Papers: Sir Philip’s ‘humiliation’ and Bezos ‘blackmailed’

Newspaper headlines: Sir Philip's 'humiliation' and Bezos 'blackmailed'

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It's taken six months of legal battles, but today's Daily Telegraph reveals the claims against Sir Philip Green that it was prevented from reporting by injunction last year. The paper reports that ex-employees received payouts of up to £1m to keep quiet after being bullied or harassed. The Topshop boss denies allegations that he behaved wrongly, with his lawyers saying he was a "passionate businessman" who "can at times be exuberant and hot-headed".

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A "£3m humiliation" is the verdict from the Daily Mail, referring to the paper's estimate of Sir Philip's legal bill. The paper says he has "started a new war with accusers", however – warning them to stay silent or face "further legal actions and significant losses".

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"Philip Green threatens his ex-staff," says the i front page, leading with the retail boss's warning that he will pursue former employees in the courts for allegations they have made. The paper also says that Sir Philip told the Telegraph it "might end up bankrupt".

The Times front page

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The main story in the Times is also given over to the "sex and racism claims" against Sir Philip. The lead picture shows Albert Finney flashing a smile in his performance as Tom Jones in the 1963 adaptation of Henry Fielding's novel. The paper pays tribute to the "screen hero", who died on Friday at the age of 82.

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A black-and-white photo of Finney smiling features on the front page of the Guardian, with the paper describing him as a "new-wave actor". But the main story focuses on another business drama: the paper says Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' blackmail claim against the National Enquirer "threatens to engulf Trump", as the US president is said to be close to the tabloid's chief executive. But the paper says the White House has "remained silent" on the controversy.

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"Dishing dirt" is the Financial Times headline over its story on the Jeff Bezos claims, which also links Trump to the scandal. But its main story warns of a "stall" in trade talks with Japan, which the paper says highlights the UK's struggle to match or better the EU trade agreements as the Brexit deadline approaches.

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"Vital CCTV clues" in the search for Libby Squire, a student missing from Hull for more than a week, are the focus of the Daily Express front page. The paper says police are focusing on a "mystery man" in a car.

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The Sun also reports the CCTV sighting of Libby Squire. But the main story hits a lighter note, reporting on the "last laugh" of comedian Sir Ken Dodd. It says that "Doddy", who once beat tax evasion charges, escaped an £11m inheritance tax bill by marrying his long-term partner just two days before his death last year.

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"Cash-strapped councils" are being forced into a "massive cull" of bus services, according to the Daily Mirror. It means nearly half of bus routes are at risk, the paper says, as councils have to withdraw subsidies to cover a £652m shortfall in the free bus pass scheme.

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"Chaos at the races" is the warning across the front of the Daily Star. The paper says that the impact of a horse flu crisis which has put racing on hold could be felt for six months – meaning next month's Cheltenham Festival could be at risk.

The Telegraph's leader column demands an end to the abuse of gagging clauses, in the wake of what it calls an apparent cover-up of alleged abuses of staff by Sir Philip Green.

The paper accepts that non-disclosure agreements have "legitimate functions" – but argues they have increasingly been used to conceal bad behaviour, as well as failings and abuses that could have wider implications, such as in the NHS.

It expresses disappointment that courts have failed to rule on whether the public interest in whistleblowing on sexual and racist abuse should outweigh the confidentiality of a non-disclosure agreement – and insists that "parliament must legislate", if injustices are to end.

The travails of another billionaire are highlighted by the Guardian, which suggests President Donald Trump could be engulfed by the scandal involving the owner of Amazon, Jeff Bezos.

It says several key questions remain unanswered about links between Mr Trump and the owner of the National Enquirer, David Pecker – after the celebrity magazine's parent company was accused of extortion and blackmail by Mr Bezos.

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A law professor has told the Politico website that the world's richest man "can sue the pants off" the National Enquirer for violating his privacy.

"Perhaps it will take a plaintiff with unlimited resources", he writes, "to reaffirm that not everything is newsworthy".

'Snobbishness'

The Mirror claims nearly half of England's bus routes could be scrapped, because councils face a funding gap of £652m to pay for the free bus pass scheme for disabled people and pensioners.

It says the Local Government Association has warned that more than 12,500 services are at risk, meaning older people could have a free bus pass, but no bus to travel on.

The Mirror accuses the government of displaying an attitude of "snobbishness" towards buses, and urges ministers to hand them back to local authority control.

'Last laugh'

The Sun says Sir Ken Dodd had the last laugh at the taxman by marrying two days before his death last year, to ensure his entire fortune went straight to his wife.

The paper claims the comedian would have been "tickled" to know that the move stopped HM Revenue and Customs seizing £11m from his estate – giving him "revenge" almost 30 years after being acquitted of tax fraud.

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According to the Financial Times, talks between Britain and Japan on a new trade deal after Brexit have "stalled" – highlighting what the paper sees as the UK's broader struggle to roll over existing EU trade agreements, "let alone secure anything better".

Japanese officials, it says, have been instructed to extract "every advantage possible", as Tokyo is confident it can negotiate more concessions from the UK than those it has agreed with the EU.

A fair trade charity has told the Independent website that some of the world's poorest countries are being forced to agree potentially damaging deals with the UK.

Traidcraft Exchange says the government is threatening to impose punishing tariffs on products including bananas from Ghana and flowers from Kenya, unless developing nations "sign up blind" to new agreements.

The Department for International Trade says its top priority is providing continuity for Britain's existing trading arrangements.

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Many of the papers pay tribute to the actor, Albert Finney, who has died at the age of 82.

The Mail salutes his "prodigious natural talent" – and says the breadth of his career was "immense" – from his leading man days through to his reign as the ultimate character actor.

For the Express, Albert Finney was an "angry young man who grew into a screen giant".

It describes him as a "self-deprecating Northerner who never forgot his humble roots" – as illustrated by his shunning of the showbiz lifestyle.

Asked why he never attended the Oscars – despite being nominated five times – he declared it "a waste of time".

"It's a long way to go for a party", he's quoted as saying.

"Sitting there for six hours, not having a cigarette or a drink".

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