Guess co-founder Paul Marciano has given up his day-to-day tasks as artistic director because the clothes firm completes its investigation into claims he sexually harassed mannequin Kate Upton.
Marciano, who has denied all allegations in opposition to him, advised CNBC in a press release that the investigation has his “full cooperation,” and that he can be leaving operations to CEO Victor Herrero.
Guess introduced earlier this month it had created a particular committee to look into Upton’s allegations, which embody groping and inappropriate conduct throughout her time because the face of the model in 2010.
“After the primary day of capturing the Guess Lingerie, Paul Marciano stated he wished to fulfill with me. As quickly I walked in with photographer Yu Tsai, Paul got here straight as much as me, forcibly grabbed my breasts and began feeling them — enjoying with them really,” she advised Time. “After I pushed him away, he stated, ‘I am ensuring they’re actual.’ “
Upton, 25, advised the outlet Marciano additionally grabbed the again of her head and forcibly kissed her face and neck till she “wiggled away.”
The mannequin additionally claimed he requested her as much as his resort room — and that she was promptly fired after she rejected his advances. Upton stated she labored for Guess once more a yr later, however had the same expertise with Marciano.
“I had a closing shoot (in Could of 2011) and he was outwardly impolite and degrading the whole time,” she stated. “He stated I used to be ‘disgusting’ and began telling individuals how unprofessional I used to be by spreading rumors that I used to be drunk on set and partying each evening, which in fact I wasn’t. I used to be then advised to go away as a result of Paul had stated, ‘Get that fats pig off my set.’ “
Marciano has repeatedly denied all of Upton’s allegations in a number of statements, calling her claims “completely false” and “preposterous.”
“I’ve by no means been alone with Kate Upton,” he stated. “I’ve by no means touched her inappropriately. Nor would I ever check with a Guess mannequin in such a derogatory method.”
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Upton first alluded to the harassment final month, when she tweeted it was “disappointing” that Marciano nonetheless had a job at Guess.
“He should not be allowed to make use of his energy within the business to sexually and emotionally harass ladies,” she wrote.
In the meantime, Marciano was accused of sexual harassment earlier this month by one other Guess mannequin who took her case to the LAPD.
“I met with paul at his @guess headquarters that’s really a condo the place he sexually harassed me & after that handed me on to his pal mohammed (Hadid)… (who) date raped me in a condo,” Miranda Vee, 23, wrote on Instagram.