Guess Forms 'Special Committee' to Investigate Paul Marciano for Sexual Misconduct

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As for Upton, she detailed her allegations against Marciano this week in an interview with Time and with Good Morning America.

The Guess co-founder called her allegations "absolutely false".

"I had to go through this moment, where I was like, 'This is not my fault, '" she said. During her GMA interview, Upton stated that she "don't really need his validation for what happened".

The Sports Illustrated covergirl told Robin Roberts that she went back and forth about telling her story, where she alleges Marciano grabbed her breasts and held her head back as he kissed her ont he mouth and neck, because "it was a completely different time" when the harassment allegedly occurred 7 years ago.

"I think that what she's doing is using her platform correctly and using her voice to bring awareness to the kind of shady and dark side of what we do", Baldwin said during an interview with People magazine on February 9. He added that he supports the #MeToo movement, but draws the line at personal attacks.

"Paul came straight up to me, forcibly grabbed my breasts and started feeling them - playing with them actually".

She said his behavior happened in the prescence of otehrs, includign photographer Yu Tsai, who corborated her story with ABC News.

Shannon says she continued speaking with, seeing and allowing herself to be intimate Marciano in the hopes of getting the Guess campaign she was promised, but it never came to fruition. At the same time, I will not allow others to defame me and tarnish my reputation.


She claimed following the alleged incident, Marciano tried to contact her, and she refused his advances.

Upton said when she was 18, people were advising her not to tell her story. I have pledged to Guess and its Board of Directors my full support and cooperation with a fair and impartial investigation, ' he said. Someone had called my agency to say I had gotten fat and would not be needed on set [that day].

Paul Marciano, the embattled co-founder of fashion brand Guess?, reportedly displayed a photo of himself with Anna Nicole Smith prominently in his office to lure models into falling for his assurances of stardom.

Upton described how Marciano "insisted" on walking her to her hotel room, but the photographer intervened. She welcomes any investigation that Guess or other companies undertake, the actress said.

But the 65 year old businessman continued pursuing her, she said. She made sure that she was never alone with Marciano, but her deal with Guess did not last that long.

"I have never been alone with Kate Upton", he said.

"Paul used his power to make me feel insecure and powerless, but I'm not going to let him intimidate me anymore", Upton told Time. "They shouldn't be also expected to change the entire culture inside all these corporations and businesses". He also reportedly speculated that Upton was fueled by revenge for not continuing to be hired by Guess, after she allegedly came to photoshoots "looking awful", as a result of late nights.

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