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Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Guess Is Investigating Its Co-Founder Paul Marciano For Sexual Misconduct

Guess Is Investigating Its Co-Founder Paul Marciano For Sexual Misconduct

Inspired by the #metoo movement, the 25-year-old model called out the co-founder of Guess on social media late in January.

Upton first came forward against Marciano on January 31, 2017 in an Instagram post with the caption, "He shouldn't be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women #metoo". Upton claimed that Marciano had also spread rumors that she'd been partying before coming to the set and had been drunk.

On a subsequent shoot, Upton says Marciano continuously called her, wanting to come to her hotel room.

"I was 18 years old and everybody around me is pushing me to not tell my story, it's better to keep things in the dark because everyone is incentivized by me getting on set, the agents, everybody gets paid if I show up on set".

The Los Angeles-based company announced the investigatory committee days after fashion model Kate Upton accused Marciano of sexual harassment and detailed an encounter with him in an interview with Time.

She told Time magazine that, when she first met him in 2011, he "forcibly" grabbed her breasts. In it Vee said, "It is time people like @paulmarciano & @mohamedhadid get exposed for who they really are!"

She added: "He started feeling them - playing with them actually". She then described the two having sexual intercourse.

"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". "Do everything I could to wiggle away and avoid his pursuit, or punch the CEO of Guess".

"I wanted to prevent that from happening to other girls", she told "GMA" co-host Robin Roberts. "Paul used his power to make me feel insecure and powerless, but I'm not going to let him intimidate me anymore". And I had to go through this moment where I was like, that's not my fault. "I politely declined several times". Tsai, who was helping her avoid encounters with Marcelo was sacked from Guess soon after.

According to Upton, she worked on more Guess campaigns despite Marciano's inappropriate sexual advances towards her.

The actress and supermodel said she started to wear baggier clothing and started to blame herself. "I had a final shoot [in May of 2011], and he was outwardly rude and degrading the entire time". But she said Marciano was "outwardly rude and degrading", and told the crew, "get that fat pig off my set".

Upton said she expected Marciano to deny the allegations and that she, too, welcomes an investigation.

Kate, who married baseball star Justin Verlander in Tuscany this past November, said: 'I think change comes from the top, but he's been there for years, so it's more than just firing him to change the culture inside the offices'.

"It had a huge emotional impact after because it made me question what I was doing", she said, "how I was putting myself out there to be treated in this way, thinking I walked into a professional meeting and I thought I was carrying myself in a professional way".

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