The #MeToo movement has been sweeping social media and Hollywood alike, as women in the industry continue to come forward with sexual abuse allegations.
The exposure of one of Hollywood’s biggest producers, Harvey Weinstein, encouraged hundreds of women in the entertainment industry to voice their own stories. As the stories continued to pour out, women took to social media and created the hashtag #MeToo.
Kate Upon recently took to Twitter to reveal her own allegations against GUESS co-founder Paul Marciano. “It’s disappointing that such an iconic women’s brand @GUESS is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #MeToo.”
— Kate Upton (@KateUpton) January 31, 2018
She followed, screenshotting her tweet and posting on Instagram, with the caption: “He shouldn’t be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women #metoo”.
It’s unclear whether Upton is referring to her own personal abuse or abuse of other models hired by the Guess brand.
Other women replied to Upton, saying she previously worked under Marciano and backed the claims.
Thank you for speaking up on this. I personally know someone who was affected this way while I was working there. I'm sorry this happened to you as well.
— Cari (@SaviChick) February 1, 2018
Paul Marciano has been doing this for at least 25 years, I knew about it when I worked for Georges in the early/ mid-nineties.
— Nicole Hickman James (@nicolejames) February 1, 2018
Paul Marciano denied the accusation in a statement made to TMZ, even flipping the blame on Upton. “Marciano claims the company decided to cut ties with her… and he suggests this might be her motivation.”
The accusation comes just days after former Olympic doctor, Larry Nassar, was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse.