The 28-year-old model claims she met the Guess co-founder in late 2012 and he set up a test shoot for her, staging the setting to look like one which had been used by the late Anna Nicole Smith, who he had compared her to.
An investigation is now underway regarding the allegations against Paul Marciano. There were a couple of subsequent photo shoots with Guess where Marciano once again tried to cozy up to Upton. "As soon as I walked in with photographer Yu Tsai, Paul came straight up to me, forcibly grabbed my breasts and started feeling them - playing with them actually".
She said: "Now that I'm talking about this, I'm getting so emotional. How I was putting myself out there to be treated in that way". Ellen picked up on this, literally grabbed my other arm, and invited herself by saying she was so excited to celebrate the campaign with us. "Someone had called my agency to say I had gotten fat and would not be needed on set [that day]".
A Guess store is pictured on February 1, 2018, in San Francisco.
He called it "absolutely false", but photographer Yu Tsai corroborated Upton's harassment.
A representative from Guess declined to comment. "Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner", he stated, noting that he fully supports the current #MeToo movement. "I have devoted my entire career to building a fashion company and brand that have a long and proud record of empowering women".
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", Marciano told Time.
Upton later detailed the allegations in an interview with Time.
Paul Marciano speaks at GUESS Flagship Boutique on November 10, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Marciano also separately denied the claims.
She said Hadid "date-raped" her at an apartment, according to the post. Von Unwerth told Time she doesn't recall the incident.
Kristina alleged the designer boasted: "Look where she is now".
The fashion retailer had then said it would investigate Upton's claims "once they are known to determine if they have any merit".
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"The investigation determined the following: One allegation was taken from a publicly available lawsuit that was filed in 2009". The Company does not condone such misconduct in any form. "The second allegation concerns an aspiring model who is quoted anonymously in the story claiming inappropriate conduct in March 2016".
TMZ reported that Marciano was "shocked" by Upton's allegations.