Guess forms committee to oversee investigation against co-founder

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Guess forms committee to oversee investigation against co-founder

Upton has stated Marciano forcibly grabbed her breasts and kissed her neck and face without consent.

Fashion retailer Guess Inc on Friday said its board had formed a special committee to oversee an ongoing investigation into allegations of improper conduct by co-founder Paul Marciano.

The Sports Illustrated model's charges against Marciano, first made in a January 31 tweet, has prompted at least two other models to come forward with their own stories about him, as well as another model to make allegations against another prominent man in Marciano's circles. As the father Bella and Gigi Hadid, supermodel "It Girls" and friends of Kendall Jenner, Mohamed Hadid also moves in the circles of high fashion and LA-based celebrity.

Shannon claimed that after the shoot, Marciano invited himself up to her apartment, where she alleges, "He forced himself on me ... They're the ones who need to speak out". Unfortunately, she said, Tsai's presence didn't deter Marciano from pursuing her. Guess shares are down 15% since Upton went public with her allegations. Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images for Bottega Veneta Gigi Hadid walks the runway at Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2018 Collection at the American Stock Exchange on February 9, 2018 in NY.

She accused Marciano of continuing to touch her, even though she tried to avoid him.

The Other Woman actress was also asked if she had any advice for other women working for Guess.

Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner during Paris Fashion Week in 2016.

"It used to work before", she said of his denial.

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Upton called out Marciano for alleged sexual harassment in late January.

He's also become a fixture on reality TV, having appeared on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills", as the ex-husband of Yolanda Hadid, who is the mother of Gigi, 22, and Bella, 21. He also reportedly speculated that Upton was fueled by revenge for not continuing to be hired by Guess, after she allegedly came to photoshoots "looking awful", as a result of late nights. The next day she found out she'd been fired.

Photographer Yu Tsai told Time he witnessed the harassment Upton described to the magazine and corroborated details of her allegations.

She explained that she pushed him. "Someone had called my agency to say I had gotten fat and would not be needed on set", she said. The post, "liked" over 60 thousand times, prompted other women to speak out against Marciano. He canceled photo shoots with her when she rebuffed his advances. He said I was "disgusting" and started telling people how unprofessional I was by spreading rumors that I was drunk on set and partying every night, which of course I wasn't.

"After the first day of shooting the Guess Lingerie campaign [on July 25, 2010], Paul Marciano said he wanted to meet with me", Upton recalled. Guess said in an SEC filing earlier this month that it planned to investigate Upton's claims "once they are known to determine if they have any merit".

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