Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

GUESS co-founder relinquishes day-to-day responsibilities following Kate Upton misconduct allegations

GUESS co-founder relinquishes day-to-day responsibilities following Kate Upton misconduct allegations

The model told Time magazine Marciano forcibly grabbed her breasts during a Guess photo shoot almost eight years ago and that he would show up at hotels she was staying at and text her inappropriate comments.

On February 1, 2018, Guess disclosed that a website had approached the Company in 2017, "seeking to post separate allegations that Paul Marciano, the Company's Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, had acted inappropriately toward two women". "I have pledged to Guess and its Board of Directors my full support and cooperation with a fair and impartial investigation".

Kate Upton accused Paul Marciano of sexually assaulting and harassing her when she first started out as a model.

A week later, in an interview with Time, Upton claimed that Marciano had sexually harassed and assaulted her during her first professional modeling campaign, when she was 18.

Upton described a series of interactions with Marciano that stretched over several months of her working with Guess.

Paul Marciano is set to take a backseat role within Guess amidst the sexual harassment allegations that have been placed against him.

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After she pushed him away, she said he continued to touch her "in a very dominating and aggressive way" and at one point "forcibly grabbed the back of my head so that I could not move and started kissing my face and my neck".

"I had a final shoot (in May of 2011) and he was outwardly rude and degrading the entire time", she said.

In Marciano's absence, CEO Victor Herrero will take over the leading of the company.

"I was terrified. All I could think was if he was able to get into my room, it would not be good", she said. "Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner".

At least four more women have accused Marciano of sexual misconduct, including former Playboy Playmate Kristina Shannon and aspiring model Miranda Vee. "After that he was extremely upset", Upton said.

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