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

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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.

Kate also gave an interview where she claimed the designer had "forcibly grabbed my breasts and started feeling them - playing with them actually", during her first day shooting a Guess lingerie campaign on July 25, 2010.

She went on to say that she met Marciano at the Guess headquarters in Los Angeles, where a first floor wall is decorated with supersize images of its iconic and almost nude models, according to a 2015 Forbes story. She elaborated later, writing that Marciano had grabbed her breasts the first time she'd met him and continued to aggressively pursue her throughout the duration of their professional relationship. The two of them then had sexual intercourse, Shannon said.

The alleged assault took place almost 8 years ago but this morning, Upton explained why she waited so long to make her allegations public. I have never been alone with Kate Upton. I had two options: do everything I could to wiggle away and avoid his pursuit, or punch the CEO of Guess. But just past year, Shannon made a decision to stop all the nonsense and put an end to what she and Marciano were having.

She said she was sacked from the campaign after declining Marciano's invitations to be alone with him in a hotel room twice.

Although Upton was rehired by Guess, she constantly had to fight off advances from Marciano, and, she says, was never really confirmed for bookings until the last possible moment.

Kate Upton on Twitter:

Photographer Yu Tsai told the magazine he witnessed the harassment Upton described. "The company does not condone such misconduct in any form", Guess said in a statement. A photographer corroborated Upton's account, Roberts said. Von Unwerth told Time she doesn't recall the incident.

Upton said she changed her behavior following the alleged sexual assault. "These men think they are untouchable, but times are changing".

She was invited back to model for another Guess shoot in 2011. Because it happens, and it doesn't happen like that to everybody, but unfortunately it happens to a lot more people than you think.

"It made me question what I was doing", she said.

Upton said she expected Marciano to deny the allegations and that she, too, welcomes an investigation. "After I pushed him away, he said, 'I'm making sure they're real, ' " she recalled. "Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner", he stated.

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