Guess artistic director Paul Marciano shot down Kate Upton’s claims of harassment, and accused the mannequin of orchestrating a smear marketing campaign in opposition to him as payback for a doomed enterprise partnership.
Upton took her claims public final week, accusing the designer of sexual and emotional harassment on social media.
“It is disappointing that such an iconic girls’s model @GUESS remains to be empowering Paul Marciano as their artistic director #metoo,” she wrote. “He should not be allowed to make use of his energy within the trade to sexually and emotionally harass girls #metoo.”
The mannequin didn’t specify whether or not she was talking from expertise or if she was relaying the story of a pal. She instructed TMZ final week she was “excited” to share her whole story.
Marciano instructed the gossip website final week that he by no means behaved inappropriately with Upton, and prompt that her accusation was retribution for Guess reducing ties as a result of she allegedly behaved unprofessionally on set.
He supplied the outlet a lengthier assertion Monday that shot down Upton’s claims and accused the mannequin of plotting in opposition to him with “malicious and false” allegations.
“As of right this moment, Ms. Upton nonetheless has offered no details, no particulars, no dates and no circumstances to again up something she has alleged,” he wrote. “I’m instructed that she has been working with others for a while to defame me and can declare that I groped her amongst different issues.”
“This accusation is fake. I’ve by no means touched Kate Upton. I’ve by no means been alone with Kate Upton. I’ve by no means acted inappropriately in direction of her,” he added.
Marciano additionally wrote that he is acquired an outpouring of help within the wake of Upton’s claims from colleagues, and that he absolutely helps the #MeToo motion.
“I’ve pledged to the Guess Board of Administrators that I’ll absolutely cooperate with a good and neutral investigation into the entire details,” he wrote. “I’ve full belief and confidence that the precise details — not unverified tweets or uncorroborated Instagram posts will show that the accusations in opposition to me are untruthful.”
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Marciano’s assertion targeted solely on Upton’s allegations, and didn’t contact upon the opposite girls who’ve come ahead to accuse him of comparable habits.
Mannequin Angie Christina instructed the Blast Sunday that Marciano groped her breasts at a dinner in 2016, whereas one other nameless lady instructed the outlet he did the identical throughout a check shoot two years in the past.
The nameless mannequin additionally alleged that Marciano pressed her for nude pictures.
In the meantime, Lindsey Ring, a former match mannequin, filed a lawsuit in 2009 accusing Guess of enabling Marciano’s predatory habits.
She claims her supervisor suggested her to all the time “look good and odor good” as a result of she was Marciano’s “sort” and he or she ought to maintain him , in keeping with the Blast.
Ring additionally alleged Marciano tried to kiss her in 2008 and as soon as grabbed the again of her hair and instructed her he “needed her.” The lawsuit mentioned Ring complained, however was instructed that if she took it additional, she’d be blackballed from the modeling world.
Marciano is the longtime artistic director of GUESS, a preferred clothes firm he co-founded along with his brothers in 1981 that is identified simply as a lot for its denim as its provocative advert campaigns.
He turned CEO within the early ’90s, and stepped down in 2015, holding the title of Govt Chairman and chief artistic officer.
Upton, 25, was the face of the corporate from 2010-2011.