Ted Baker founder Ray Kelvin is taking a “temporary leave of absence” after being accused of giving unwanted hugs to staff.

In a statement, he said the “accusations of the past week have raised some very serious and upsetting issues”.

He added that it was “only right that the board should investigate fully”.

The 62-year-old continued: “Ted Baker has been my life and soul for 30 years.

“I love this company and I care deeply for all my colleagues.

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“It’s for that reason that I have decided to take a temporary leave of absence.

“Ted Baker means everything to me and I can’t bear to see it harmed in any way.”

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