Marciano has denied all accusations.
Kate Upton has spoken out about her alleged harrassment by Guess co-founder and creative director, Paul Marciano.
The 25-year-old model claims the former CEO of fashion brand Guess inappropriately touched her when she was just 18, during her first professional modelling campaign.
A tweet she posted on January 31 hinted at an incident, with the model writing: “It’s disappointing that such an iconic women’s brand
@GUESS is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo”.
She then gave an interview to Time magazine, detailing her accusations, with photographer Yu Tsai present as a witness in many of the scenarios.
“After the first day of shooting the Guess Lingerie campaign [on July 25, 2010], Paul Marciano said he wanted to meet with me,” the model tells Time.
“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. After I pushed him away, he said, ‘I’m making sure they’re real.'”
She goes on to accuse Marciano of touching her in “a very dominating and aggressive way”.
“At one point he forcibly grabbed the back of my head so that I could not move and started kissing my face and my neck,” she continues.
“I remember not wanting to say ‘Get off of me’ because I didn’t want to open my mouth to say anything because I didn’t want him to be able to put his tongue in my mouth. I had two options: do everything I could to wiggle away and avoid his pursuit, or punch the CEO of Guess. So I decided to just wiggle away.”
Upton says she was fired from a Guess shoot the morning after telling Marciano he couldn’t come up to her hotel room.
“Someone had called my agency to say I had gotten fat and would not be needed on set,” she alleges. “I was devastated, especially because at this point no one from Guess had even seen me.”
Upton says Guess continued to book her, and Marciano was in constant communication about her next shoot, using “extremely dominant and possessive” language.
After repeatedly denying his advances, the model says her last shoot with Guess happened in May 2011, when Marciano told her she was “disgusting” and started spreading rumours that she was drunk on set and unprofessional.
She claims she was told to leave because: “Paul had said, ‘Get that fat pig off my set’.”
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Marciano has called Upton’s accusations “absolutely false” and “preposterous”.
“I have never been alone with Kate Upton,” he said in a statement to Time.
“I have never touched her inappropriately. Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner.
“I fully support the #metoo movement. At the same time, I will not allow others to defame me and tarnish my reputation. I have pledged to Guess and its Board of Directors my full support and cooperation with a fair and impartial investigation.”
Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that there will be a #MeToo TV show.
‘Me Too, Now What?’ will be a five-part miniseries exploring the effects of the movement, hosted by Zainab Salbi, founder of Women For Women International.