On Wednesday night (the same night as a big Guess launch party), Kate Upton joined the #MeToo movement by asking Guess on Twitter why they continue to keep their co-founder Paul Marciano around as creative director. She elaborated a little further on Instagram by saying: “He shouldn’t be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women #metoo.” Kate also said she’d tell her story when the time was right. Instead of investigating why his comany’s stock just dove south, Paul Marciano shot back at Kate’s accusations with some of his own.
Paul Marciano spoke to TMZ and said that he’s shocked at Kate’s accusations, has no idea what he did wrong, and therefore will not apologize to her. He says he’s never touched her and hasn’t even been alone with her ever. He adds that if she’s got a claim to make, she better do it in court or with the police.
Paul believes that Kate’s claims of “sexual and emotional harassment” were only made because she’s bitter Guess fired her. Kate began working for Guess back in 2011 as a celebrity spokesmodel and she did five campaigns with them. Paul alleges that Kate started showing up on set after late nights “looking terrible,” and so they let her go.
Jennifer Lopez, who is currently modeling for Guess, was asked by UsWeekly about this situation between Kate and Paul. She’s not picking any side in particular, but she would like you to know she is anti-sexual misconduct.
“My position on these issues is well known, as I have been very vocal about them. I do not condone any acts of sexual harassment, violation, or misconduct. Any accusations should be fully and thoroughly investigated. I will continue to support our rights as women.”
According to Paul, they had no choice but to fire Kate for showing up to shoots looking terrible. First of all, I’ve been to a Guess recently, and I’m pretty sure “looking terrible” is the theme they’re going for. Second, Guess ads are 98% Photoshop. It doesn’t matter if Kate showed up looking good, bad, terrible, or with half her face sliding off, the magicians at Guess would transform her into a wax figure in no time.
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