Kate Upton Accuses Guess Creative Director Paul Marciano of Sexual and Emotional Harassment
Upton says she’s “disappointed” in the brand for allowing Marciano to “sexually and emotionally harass women.”
Kate Upton put Guess on blast over the fashion brand’s continued relationship with creative director Paul Marciano.
"It’s disappointing that such an iconic women’s brand @GUESS is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo," the supermodel tweeted Wednesday. Her husband, Justin Verlander, retweeted the message.
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On Facebook, Upton added that Marciano "shouldn’t be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women," but gave no further context.
TMZ also got Upton at LAX, where she said, "I’m exciting to tell my whole story, but a walk to the car is not going to cover it. I think obviously it’s a huge problem. I can’t wait to tell my story, but a walk to the car is not going to cover it."
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Upton isn’t the first model to speak out about the creative director. In 2009, Guess model Lindsey Ring accused him of trying to force himself on her, then reduced her hours when she rejected his advances. Ring, who was crowned Guess’ "fit model" back in 2006, said Marciano "would run his hands up and down her breasts and her buttocks" and would "lean in close to her and whisper that he wanted to ‘take her right there.’"
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Ring also said that she was afraid to speak up because Marciano "had a reputation as an abusive and belligerent boss who would terminate employees at the drop of a hat." In a statement to The Blast about Ring’s accusation, Guess said: "Mr. Marciano denied the allegation at that time, and a contemporaneous investigation conducted in 2009 by the Company and outside counsel did not corroborate the plaintiff’s claims."
TooFab has reached out to representatives of both Upton and Marciano for comment.
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