Last month, Guess co-founder Paul Marciano found himself in the #MetToo conversation after former Guess model Kate Upton vaguely accused him of being a creep. Paul responded by denying it and accusing her of getting fired for being a sloppy mess. Kate eventually came through with a comprehensive story told to TIME magazine detailing her working relationship with Paul. Kate’s allegations against Paul could be boiled down to the following: he was allegedly a horny old man with a mean streak who called Kate fat when she turned down his advances.
Paul again denied he’d done anything wrong, and promised his full cooperation with Guess as they investigated the matter. CNBC is reporting that while Guess investigates, Paul Marciano will step away from his position at the company.
Last week, Kate Upton joined the #MeToo movement on Twitter by implying that Guess co-founder Paul Marciano had been gross with her in some capacity (Paul responded by fully denying everything and claiming Kate was a mess on set). Kate didn’t get into specifics at the time; she told TMZ photographers she couldn’t wait to tell her story, but that she needed more time. And now she has.
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.