BrewDog founder James Watt threatens to sue BBC over claims of inappropriate behaviour
The founder of BrewDog is threatening to sue the BBC over claims the broadcaster acquired personal information by “underhand means”.
James Watt is also pursuing legal action versus the publicly owned broadcaster following a series of allegations in the BBC’s Disclosure documentary.
Former employees in the United States claimed Mr Watt built female staff members feel “uncomfortable” and “powerless”.
The hour-extended programme included a sequence of other allegations, which include promises that Mr Watt experienced invested £500,000 in Heineken, the Dutch brewer that the entrepreneur has very long criticised and belittled in internet marketing strategies. It also questioned the integrity of BrewDog’s designs to be “carbon negative”.
In a statement to The Telegraph, Mr Watt mentioned: “I hugely regret if some of my staff in the US have felt not comfortable all-around me and I am fully fully commited to producing certain I am always mindful about how my existence in our bars is a constructive for all people.
“But the individual allegations manufactured in opposition to me in the programme were utterly bogus, dependent on rumour and misinformation. So with reluctance, I have to have to consider motion to guard my reputation on the basis these claims are wrong and defamatory.”
He ongoing: “Legal motion would be on the foundation of the several bogus and defamatory statements in the broadcast.
“We are also taking into consideration increasing further proceedings on the publication of private own financial information and facts that we believe that may perhaps have been attained by underhand signifies. The BBC have refused to notify us how they attained the personal individual monetary details.”
Twelve previous BrewDog United states of america team users built allegations of inappropriate conduct by Mr Watt.
The claims bundled allegations that staff members experienced witnessed the BrewDog founder kissing an intoxicated customer on a roof terrace bar and that woman bartenders were suggested how to keep away from unwelcome awareness from Mr Watt.
Mr Watt’s attorney instructed the BBC: “This is categorically denied. At no time has Mr Watt presented unwelcome attention to any female bartender. That account is not correct – this was thoroughly investigated by Centric HC who concluded that there was no substance to these statements.”
Meanwhile, 1 former employee was still left dumbfounded by the programme’s allegations that Mr Watt owned a £500,000 stake in Heineken.
A BBC spokesman stated: “We will defend our journalism. The documentary was truthful and balanced and bundled responses from BrewDog’s attorney. Mr Watt declined our offer to be interviewed for the programme.”