Kate Upton has detailed Guess co-founder Paul Marciano’s alleged misconduct against her.
The model, who was once the face of Marciano’s brand, shared her concerns about the fashion mogul on Instagram late last month (Jan18), accusing him of “using his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass” women – claims that he has vehemently denied.
Upton did not make any specific allegations in her initial post, but later reiterated her claims on Twitter, and expanded on her story in a piece for TIME magazine published on Wednesday (07Feb18), where she alleged the designer groped her breasts during a 2010 meeting, and stated, “(He) started feeling them – playing with them actually. After I pushed him away, he said, ‘I’m making sure they’re real.'”
She then claimed Marciano grabbed her thighs and tried to kiss her face and neck, and alleged he tried to walk her to her hotel room, but a photographer stepped in.
The 25-year-old also claimed that she and the protective snapper were fired from the gig the next day. Then, in May 2011, Marciano allegedly forced her off a photoshoot, and said, “Get that fat pig off my set.”
Marciano has claimed Upton was hungover and unprofessional on that final project, with the publication of the article coming days after he accused her of “maliciously and falsely” making claims in a bid to damage his company.
He has denied he sexually harassed anyone and recently issued a statement to TMZ.com alleging Upton was planning to accuse him of groping her.
“I am told that she has been working with others for some time to defame me and will claim that I groped her among other things,” he said, going on to maintain that he has never touched Upton or acted inappropriately toward her.
In her article, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model also explained that she was tired of having to “laugh off” the misconduct of fashion bosses and photographers in the industry.
“I’m sick of being expected to laugh off these aggressive advances and accept the power imbalances that exist,” she sighed. “I’m sick of being expected to endure all of this while being polite and professional through it all.”
– Cover Media0