Paul Marciano accuses Kate Upton of plotting harassment smear campaign

Guess co-founder Paul Marciano has accused Kate Upton of “maliciously and falsely” planning to claim that he groped her in a bid to damage his brand.The model, who was once the face of Marciano’s clothing brand, shared her concerns about the fashion mo…

Guess co-founder Paul Marciano has accused Kate Upton of “maliciously and falsely” planning to claim that he groped her in a bid to damage his brand.

The model, who was once the face of Marciano’s clothing brand, shared her concerns about the fashion mogul on Instagram last Tuesday (30Jan18), accusing him of “using his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women”.

Marciano denies he sexually harassed anyone and has now issued a statement to TMZ.com alleging Upton is 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, before going on to accuse the 25-year-old of attempting to derail last week’s launch of Guess’ new campaign featuring Jennifer Lopez. “She levelled this malicious and false accusation only hours before a gala event at our headquarters in Los Angeles unveiling a new Guess campaign.”

Shares in the company fell by almost 20 per cent after the model posted her claims.

Upton did not make any specific allegations, but later reiterated her claims on Twitter and told a TMZ.com reporter she was “excited” to tell her story in due course.

Lopez, who attended the launch of her spring Guess campaign hours after the allegations became public, has said she supports any investigation into alleged inappropriate behaviour.

Bosses at the brand have said they will investigate Upton’s allegations once she outlines them in full. Editors at The Business of Fashion website report that Guess executives have previously investigated two harassment complaints made against Marciano but cleared him on both occasions.

Sources close to the fashion mogul have told TMZ that he believes Upton’s remarks are due to Guess bosses’ decision to drop her as a model after a photoshoot ended badly. Upton is yet to respond to Marciano’s claim she is orchestrating a smear campaign.

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Kate Upton accuses Guess co-founder of ‘sexual and emotional’ harassment

Kate Upton has accused Guess co-founder Paul Marciano of “sexual and emotional” harassment.The 25-year-old model, who was once the face of the clothing brand, took to Twitter on Wednesday (31Jan18) to share her concerns about Marciano, writing: “It’s…

Kate Upton has accused Guess co-founder Paul Marciano of “sexual and emotional” harassment.

The 25-year-old model, who was once the face of the clothing brand, took to Twitter on Wednesday (31Jan18) to share her concerns about Marciano, writing: “It’s disappointing that such an iconic women’s brand @GUESS is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo.”

She then took a screengrab of the tweet and shared it on her Instagram page, alongside the caption: “He shouldn’t be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women #metoo.”

Kate’s husband Justin Verlander, who she married in November (17), also retweeted the message.

The hashtag #metoo has become a way for women to reveal themselves as a victim of sexual harassment in the wake of the scandal sweeping Hollywood, stemming from the accusations against power players such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.

Marciano, who co-founded Guess in 1981 and has been creative director of the brand since 2015, has yet to respond to Kate’s social media posts.

Kate rose to fame when she appeared in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and soon became an Internet sensation after a 2011 YouTube video showing her dancing in the stands of a Los Angeles Clippers game garnered millions of views.

She landed the coveted Sports Illustrated cover the following year and has since appeared on the covers of American Vogue, Vanity Fair, CR Fashion Book and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as becoming the face of Bobbi Brown cosmetics in 2014.

Kate began a crossover into acting, first appearing in 2011’s Tower Heist and then in 2012’s The Three Stooges. More significant parts came in 2014’s The Other Woman, alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann, and road trip comedy The Layover, which was directed by William H. Macy and hit cinemas last year (17).

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Paul Marciano denies Kate Upton’s ‘sexual and emotional’ harassment allegations

Guess co-founder Paul Marciano has denied accusations he “sexually and emotionally” harassed model Kate Upton. The 25-year-old newlywed, who was once the face of the clothing brand, aired her grievances about the fashion designer on Twitter on Wednesd…

Guess co-founder Paul Marciano has denied accusations he “sexually and emotionally” harassed model Kate Upton.

The 25-year-old newlywed, who was once the face of the clothing brand, aired her grievances about the fashion designer on Twitter on Wednesday, accusing Guess bosses of “empowering” him.

“It’s disappointing that such an iconic women’s brand @GUESS is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo,” she tweeted, referencing the growing #MeToo anti-harassment movement.

She then shared a screen grab of the Twitter message on her Instagram page, alongside the caption: “He shouldn’t be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women #metoo.”

Marciano, who co-founded Guess in 1981 and has been creative director of the brand since 2015, has now responded to Upton’s claims, insisting he will not apologise because he has done nothing wrong. He is also urging Upton to take her allegations to authorities so they can be handled properly.

“If she has a claim, there’s one place to tell the truth and that’s in court or to the police,” he said to TMZ.

Marciano also reportedly claims Upton may have issues with him because she was allegedly fired from the fashion house.

Kate has not yet responded to Marciano, but she previously told the outlet she is “excited” to tell her “whole story” before adding that sexual misconduct is a “huge problem” in the fashion industry.

The hashtag #metoo has become a way for women to open up as victims of sexual harassment and abuse in the wake of the scandal sweeping Hollywood, following misconduct accusations against power players such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.

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Bruce Willis’ wife Emma Heming Willis signs with top modelling agency

Bruce Willis’ actress and model wife Emma Heming Willis has signed a deal with The Lions Model Management.The brunette beauty has joined the same boutique agency who represent Irina Shayk, Kate Upton, and Sara Sampaio. And along with her fashion and f…

Bruce Willis’ actress and model wife Emma Heming Willis has signed a deal with The Lions Model Management.

The brunette beauty has joined the same boutique agency who represent Irina Shayk, Kate Upton, and Sara Sampaio.

And along with her fashion and film credentials, agency managing partner Julia Kisla was also drawn to her work as a blogger and entrepreneur.

“The Lions represents unique talent and works with them to build powerful personal brands driven by their passions,” she said in a statement. “We’re excited to add Emma Heming Willis to our roster and support her in her mission as a mother, entrepreneur, and healthy lifestyle advocate to create a world where women embrace self-care as essential and practice it without guilt.”

Emma, who married Hollywood heavyweight Bruce in 2009, is the founder and chief executive officer of vegan skincare brand Coco Baba. She launched the line in 2016, two years after she welcomed her second daughter with the Die Hard actor because she couldn’t find an all-natural, luxury skin-care brand for new mothers.

Sharing her excitement at her new appointment, the 39-year-old said: “I’m thrilled to have signed with The Lions, where I don’t have to fit into a specific mould. Their philosophy is that one size does not fit all and it is important to focus on the talent’s strengths and passions to help develop each individual accordingly.”

The British star also revealed the news on Instagram, explaining to her followers that models are longer “washed up at age 24”.

“The change in the industry is a positive one as it has become increasingly more diverse to include ladies with curves and models over 20-something!” she continued. “This is the business I want to get back into! I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed with @thelionsny and excited to begin this new adventure with an agency that embraces and embodies the new norm.”

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