Following a months-long investigation into sexual misconduct, Guess co-founder Paul Marciano has resigned from his position, according to NBC News.
In an interview with Time back in February, supermodel Kate Upton alleged that while she was working for Guess in 2010, Marciano engaged in sexual misconduct against her on more than one occasion. Fashion photographer Yu Tsai, who witnessed the encounter, corroborated Upton’s allegations.
“Paul came straight up to me, forcibly grabbed my breasts and started feeling them — playing with them actually,” Upton told Time. “After I pushed him away, he said, ‘I’m making sure they’re real.’ Despite doing everything I could physically do to avoid his touch throughout the meeting, he continued to touch me in a very dominating and aggressive way, grabbing my thighs, my arms to pull me closer, my shoulders to pull me closer, my neck, my breasts, and smelling me.”
Marciano “adamantly” denied the allegations, saying that he never touched Kate Upton nor spent time alone with her.
Following Upton’s allegations, The Daily Wire spoke with a former Guess model, who asked to remain anonymous for privacy, and who alleged that Marciano requested she send him nude photographs. She also claimed that a Guess photographer told her to keep her marriage secret in order to make Marciano feel “special.”
Since the bombshell revelations, Guess Inc. has been investigating Marciano’s alleged conduct in concert with a private commission. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Guess announced that Paul Marciano had “exercised poor judgment” in his position and will be resigning immediately.
“The investigation found that on certain occasions (Paul) Marciano exercised poor judgment in his communications with models and photographers and in placing himself in situations in which plausible allegations of improper conduct could, and did, arise,” the filing said.
Paul Marciano has denied all allegations and will remain a board member and stay on as chief creative officer until his contract expires at the end of January.