Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Guess: Committee will probe sexual harassment allegations

Guess: Committee will probe sexual harassment allegations

Kate Upton is sharing more about what inspired her to go public with details of Guess co-founder Paul Marciano's alleged sexual misconduct. So I chose to just wiggle away."Yu Tsai told CNN in a statement that he is "extremely moved by the strength and courage that it has taken Kate Upton to tell her story and for the countless courageous women and men who have already come forward."Upton claims that Marciano's behavior continued for years, and that she would get fired from jobs when she denied his advances".

"I wanted to prevent that from happening to other girls", she told "GMA" co-host Robin Roberts.

"I fully support the #metoo movement", he added.

She went on to say that she met Marciano at the Guess headquarters in Los Angeles, where a first floor wall is decorated with supersize images of its iconic and almost nude models, according to a 2015 Forbes story. "I have never acted inappropriately towards her". Upton says after she rejected Marciano she was sacked.

Kate Upton was pushed to keep quiet about Paul Marciano alleged sexual misconduct because 'everybody gets paid' if
Kate Upton claims she was pushed to stay quiet about alleged sexual assault

"Paul Marciano said he wanted to meet with me", she said.

Marciano's office didn't immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. Guess said in an SEC filing earlier this month that it planned to investigate Upton's claims "once they are known to determine if they have any merit".

She then said they had sex, and afterwards, she continued speaking with and seeing Marciano in the hope of getting the promised Guess campaign, but it never materialised.

The Sports Illustrated model's charges against Marciano, first made in a January 31 tweet, has prompted at least two other models to come forward with their own stories about him, as well as another model to make allegations against another prominent man in Marciano's circles.

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Marciano has denied he sexually harassed anyone and issued a statement to alleging Upton was planning to accuse him of groping her. "Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner", he stated. He then told Yu Tsai to leave us alone.

All of this sounds reminiscent of the behavior of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein, i.e. the forceful invitations to spend time alone, the mention of other successful women he'd supposedly slept with.

"I have pledged to Guess and its Board of Directors my full support and cooperation with a fair and impartial investigation", he continued.

"As soon as I did my article with Time, I felt a sense of relief because it's a new climate", the actress, 25, said.

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She issued a statement saying she could not recall the previous incident but welcomed an investigation into the accusations. Tony Mendoza , D-Artesia, remains on paid leave pending an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

"It used to work before", she said of his denial.

She stopped communicating with him previous year.

Marciano has denied all sexual harassment claims. "I don't really need his validation for what happened". He fired her because she was, as he said, a fat pig. "I would [also] love for people around these people to come out, so they are not enabling them".

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