Kate Upton breaks silence on alleged harassment by Guess co-founder

Ruben Ruiz
February 11, 2018

Fashion retailer Guess (GES) on Friday said its board of directors has convened a special committee of two independent directors to conduct "an extensive and impartial investigation" into sexual misconduct allegations against its co-founder, Paul Marciano.

As for Upton, she detailed her allegations against Marciano this week in an interview with Time and with Good Morning America. "But actually what gave me the push to do it is I did a workout with a lot of new models for Fashion Week since it was their first Fashion Week, and a lot of girls were sharing how". He added that he supports the #MeToo movement, but draws the line at personal attacks.

She told the Time that "after the first day of shooting the Guess Lingerie campaign on July 25, 2010, Marciano said he wanted to meet with me". He told Time, "I have never touched her inappropriately".

"I remember not wanting to say, "Get off of me" because I didn't want to open my mouth to say anything because I didn't want him to be able to put his tongue in my mouth".

Marciano's office didn't immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

Kate Upton does not regret sharing her #MeToo story.

On GMA, Roberts said Marciano denied Upton's claims, deeming them "preposterous". She claims this happened on more than one occasion and recalls one instance in which she turned down Marciano's request to come to her hotel and woke up the following day to news she was sacked because he said she had "gotten fat". Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner.

Kate Upton breaks silence on alleged harassment by Guess co-founder

Upton's allegations have been backed by photographer Yu Tsai who said he witnessed the harassment Upton described.

"I will not allow others to defame me and tarnish my reputation".

Hailey Baldwin is speaking out about the recent claims made by her fellow model, Kate Upton, in regard to the alleged sexual harassment she received while working with GUESS.

Kate started to feel even more scared than before when the man told her he was already in the hotel lobby. "It used to work in the past but that's not the case anymore". "I have devoted my entire career to building a fashion company and brand that have a long and proud record of empowering women".

The model received massive support from her fans. "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", the statement read.

She continued, "So you're constantly pushed to show up on set no matter what happens, and they're bringing up examples of other women who are fine with this behavior and have really successful careers so you're suddenly being pushed to be there".

She said Hadid "date-raped" her at an apartment, according to the post. "I would [also] love for people around these people to come out, so they are not enabling them".

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