Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Co-founder of fashion brand Guess quits over kissing and groping claims

The co-founder of fashion brand Guess is stepping down as executive chairman following claims of improper conduct but will stay on its board until 2019.

Guess said that a special committee was unable to corroborate a number of allegations against Paul Marciano, including kissing and groping.

But it found that he "exercised poor judgement in his communications with models and photographers".

US-based Guess and Paul Marciano will pay $500,000 to five individuals.

The allegations against Paul Marciano, who remains as chief creative officer of Guess, first emerged in February when US model Kate Upton tweeted that it was "disappointing" Guess was still "empowering" him as its creative director.
Then in an interview with Time magazine, Ms Upton claimed he had sexually assaulted her.

Ms Upton allegations were corroborated by photographer Yu Tsai. Paul Marciano said the claims were "absolutely false".

BBC       News.

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