AceShowbiz - Guess co-founder Paul Marciano has responded after model and actress %cKate Upton% claimed that he sexually harassed her and other women in the fashion industry. The 65-year-old fashion mogul now accused the 25-year-old model of making false and uncorroborated accusation to destroy his reputation.
In a detailed statement released to TMZ on Monday, February 5 in response to Upton's #MeToo tweet she sent out to her online followers last Wednesday, Marciano noted that the model "provided no details" when she made a "false and malicious accusation" against him before a gala event at Guess Jeans' headquarters in Los Angeles unveiling a new fashion campaign.
Upton's tweet read, "It's disappointing that such an iconic women's brand @Guess is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo." "The Layover" star then posted a screenshot of her tweet on Instagram with the caption that read, "He shouldn't be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women #metoo."
In his statement, Marciano noted that so far, Upton "still has provided no fact, no details, no dates and no circumstances to back up anything she has alleged." The veteran fashion designer, who is married and has four children, cryptically added that he was told "The Other Woman (2014)" actress "has been working with others" and plans to accuse him of groping her.
"This accusation is false," Mariano declared. He also claimed he's "never touched Kate Upton. I have never been alone with Kate Upton. I have never acted inappropriately towards her." Maricano also took umbrage at being labeled a "tyrant," a "monster" and a "disgusting pig" in social media posts written by some of Upton's supporters, saying that he has devoted his entire career to a company that has a long record of empowering women.
"I fully support the #metoo movement," he pointed out. "At the same time, I will not stand by and watch my reputation be tarnished." Marciano concluded his statement by vowing to fully cooperate with the Guess Board of Directors' "fair and impartial investigation" into the allegation leveled against him. He said he's certain that after reviewing the "actual facts," he would be vindicated.
Upton has not responded to Marciano's denial.