Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field have strongly denied claims that they sexually harassed their personal assistant. The couple said they will "strenuously" defend themselves against their "disgruntled" former employee's allegations.
Gilles De Bonfilhs, who was sacked for serious misconduct, has filed a lawsuit in the US against Ayda, who he says was responsible for the harassment, and Robbie, who is named as a defendant but is not accused of sexual harassment himself.
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Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field, pictured together in February
In the legal papers, Mr De Bonfilhs claimed that the American actress "walked around in various stages of undress" and "asked him to answer questions and comment on her body".
A spokesperson for the former Take That star said the allegations were "entirely without substance".
"The claims (are) being made by a disgruntled former employee, after he was sacked for serious misconduct," he said. "Any proceedings will be strenuously defended. There will be no further comment on the matter as it is in the hands of the lawyers."
Robbie and Ayda have been in relationship since 2006, and were married at their Beverly Hills mansion in 2010. They are parents to two children; two-year-old Theodora, known affectionately as Teddy, and son Charlton Valentine, who was born in October 2014.
The couple have strongly denied their former PA's harassment claims
"Ayda looked like the most beautiful girl in the world," Robbie said of his bride on their wedding day. "The setting was so magical, and to be surrounded by family and close friends and then see Ayda appear looking so radiant was almost too much for me to take… I'm the happiest man alive."
In an interview with the Telegraph last October, Robbie spoke openly about the positive impact Ayda has had on his life. "I love my wife's company. She gives me a lot of energy – she’s like a one-woman cheerleading team," the 41-year-old said.
"Touring is mostly about waiting, being bored. When you're bored you get lonely, but fortunately I don't have to be because my best friend is with me. We get on very well and she keeps me entertained.
"She has anchored my life and made me feel secure, and saved me from a life of self-destruction."