Monday, 24 September, 2018

Kate Upton accuses Guess co-founder of groping

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Stacy Diaz | 09 February, 2018, 04:18

"I remember not wanting to say 'Get off of me" because I did not want to open my mouth to say anything because I did not want him to put his tongue in my mouth.

But she was hired again though she said Marciano was upset that she wanted to bring her boyfriend to the shoot.

Upton did not make any specific allegations in her Instagram post, but later reiterated her claims on Twitter and told a TMZ.com reporter she was "excited" to tell her story in due course. Upton said he was playing with them and made an excuse about making sure that they were real after she pushed him away.

"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", Upton recalled in an exclusive interview with Time. Upton said she texted Tsai to tell him to stay before Marciano told him to leave the pair alone, but even in front of Tsai, Upton said Marciano continued his "constant grabbing". So I chose to just wiggle away. "I was terrified. All I could think was if he was able to get into my room it would not be good". The next day, Upton learned she was sacked from the shoot as someone had called her agency to say she "had gotten fat". "I was devastated, especially because at this point no one from Guess had even seen me". While she didn't expand any further at the time, Upton didallege Marciano "sexually and emotionally" harassed women, and has now detailed her experience in full to TIME.

"I have never been alone with Kate Upton", Marciano said in the statement.

Kate Upton is officially an entrant in the Me Too movement after posting an account of a sexual assault she allegedly suffered early on in her modeling career. "Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner", he said. "I am told she has been working with others for some time to defame me and will claim that I groped her among other things".

Upton said that after a while, Guess began contacting her again, but she was scared to work with the company and run into Marciano.

Yu Tsai told CNN in a statement that he is "extremely moved by the strength and courage that it has taken Kate Upton to tell her story and for the countless fearless women and men who have already come forward". "I have pledged to the Guess Board of Directors that I will fully cooperate with a fair and impartial investigation into all of the facts".

The publication of the article comes days after Marciano accused Upton of "maliciously and falsely" making false claims in a bid to damage his brand. "He asked if I thought of him when I was posing sexy on set", she said, adding that she felt like she had to keep up communication with him because he'd only confirm for a shoot a few days beforehand.

After she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2012, Guess offered Upton $400,000 to appear in a campaign. On top of that, the big brass at Guess are incredibly anxious that attracting new models and business will now be increasingly hard as long as Marciano remains on the board. "I'm sick of being silenced and expected to sweep everything under the rug", Upton said.

Upton added, "I'm not going to let him intimidate me anymore". "These men think they are untouchable, but times are changing". I'm sick of being expected to endure all of this while being polite and professional through it all.