Paul Marciano Responds To Kate Upton: 'I Never Touched You'
Guess co-founder Paul Marciano maintained his innocence against model Kate Upton's accusations of sexually and emotionally harassing her and several other models. Marciano recently gave an official statement in response to the allegations.
The creative director slammed Upton's allegations, calling Upton's claims "malicious" and "false." Marciano also claimed that Upton has not provided any substantial facts to corroborate her allegations.
"This accusation is false. I have never touched Kate Upton. I have never been alone with Kate Upton. I have never acted inappropriately towards her," Marciano stated.
The 66-year-old executive also stated that Upton has been working with others who were plotting on his demise for quite some time now.
"I have pledged to the Guess Board of Directors that I will fully cooperate with a fair and impartial investigation into all of the facts. I have complete trust and confidence that the actual facts -- not unverified tweets or uncorroborated Instagram posts -- will prove that the accusations against me are untruthful," Marciano continued.
Marciano also stated that he received an overwhelming amount of support from numerous people. He also said he still supports the #MeToo movement.
Model Miranda Vee had accused real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid and also Marciano of giving her a date rape drug and sexually assaulting her. Vee made her accusations against Marciano after reading Upton's tweet.
"It's disappointing that such an iconic women's brand @GUESS is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo. He shouldn't be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women #metoo," Upton wrote on her social media page.
Model Angie Christina also alleged that Marciano groped her breast. Lindsey Ring filed a lawsuit also against Marciano in 2009 claiming that Marciano stated he "wanted" her. Ring further alleged that Marciano tried to kiss her back in 2008 and was told to always "look and smell good."
Marciano is the first man in the fashion industry to be accused of sexual misconduct. Allegations against powerful men in the entertainment industry began in September 2017 after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was outed by over 80 women. After Weintsein, several other men in media were named sexual predators, including Kevin Spacey, Ed Westwick, Danny Masterson, James Toback, Matt Lauer, Dustin Hoffman.
Following the accusations against Marciano, several celebrities have received backlash for their continued work with him, particularly Jennifer Lopez.