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LCBO to stop selling Norman Hardie wines due to misconduct allegations

Last Updated Jun 22, 2018 at 3:44 pm EST

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall speaks with Norman Hardie of Norman Hardie Winery in Wellington, Ont., on June 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

The LCBO says it will stop selling Norman Hardie products after several women came forward to accuse the Prince Edward County winemaker of sexual misconduct.

In a statement posted on Twitter on Thursday, the LCBO says its current stock of the wines will remain available in its stores but it won’t be placing any new orders for now.

“As stated, we share the concerns regarding the troubling allegations against Norman Hardie brought forward yesterday,” the statement reads.

“We may make further determinations as more information becomes available.”

In a report published in the Globe and Mail Tuesday, three women said they had unwanted sexual contact with Hardie — groping or kissing — while they were working at his winery or at industry events.

Eighteen others described behaviour that could be considered sexual harassment, the Globe said, including requests for sex, lewd comments and remarks about their bodies and clothes. A few women said they left the winery because of his behaviour.

Hardie apologized for his behaviour in a statement on his website admitting many of the allegations are true, but added some are not.