Paul Marciano Pays $400K To Accusers Following Sexual Harassment Claims, Resigns From Guess 

Kate Upton is continuing to speak out.

The model shared a new statement to social media on Wednesday, addressing Guess’ internal investigation into sexual misconduct claims against co-founder Paul Marciano.

“I just learned that Guess hired Paul Marciano’s PERSONAL lawyer to run their internal ‘investigation,'” she wrote on Twitter. “I’m truly disheartened to learn that Guess is treating this abuse of power and sexual misconduct (to multiple women) in such a manner.”

“I shared my story to help create long-term change at the highest levels of the industry and corporate ladder,” Upton continued. “I also wanted to empower others to share their stories to stand up for change – whether as a victim of or as a witness to this behavior.”

In the statement, the 25-year-old model also revealed that she has declined to participate in the investigation until the company retains a truly independent firm to examine her claims.

“Hearing how this ‘investigation’ is being conducted, and also knowing a strong fear of retaliation still exists within Guess’ corporate offices, is extremely disappointing and upsetting,” Upton tweeted. “The #MeToo movement is not one of smoke and mirrors, or for corporate office PR stunts to impress shareholders — it’s a call to action for TRUE change.”

“To conduct an investigation like this seems like a stunt, and is a clear indication to me that Guess is not taking these claims seriously, nor are they committed to making changes at the highest levels,” she concluded. “Until Guess makes a commitment to conduct an unbiased investigation, I have declined to participate. I look forward to participating if and when Guess retains a truly independent firm to run the entire investigation.”

ET reached out to Guess, who had no comment on Upton’s new statement.

As ET previously reported, Upton came forward via Twitter earlier this month, accusing Marciano of “sexually and emotionally” harassing women in a series of tweets. “It’s disappointing that such an iconic women’s brand @GUESS is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo,” she wrote at the time, later sharing the same message to Instagram.

A week later, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model detailed her allegations in an interview with Time. She claimed Marciano sexually harassed and assaulted her in July 2010, after the first day of shooting on a Guess lingerie campaign.

Last week, Guess announced that Marciano had temporarily stepped down from his day-to-day responsibilities at the fashion empire. The company said at the time that they take all allegations of misconduct “very seriously” and are “committed to maintaining a safe work environment, and looks forward to the completion of a thorough investigation of all the facts.”

Four months after Upton came forward with her story, Marciano has stepped down from Guess. His brother, Maurice, has taken over his duties.

In addition, Marciano and the brand will pay $400,000 total to the five accusers.

During the investigation into Marciano, more than 40 people were interviewed by Guess. All documents, including emails, social media posts, HR files, video and audio recordings, photos, financial records and travel itineraries were reviewed.

A statement from Lisa Bloom, the attorney for the women who accused Marciano, reads: “We are pleased at today’s news that Paul Marciano has resigned as Executive Chairman of the Board of Guess?, Inc.”

“Each of my clients, who choose to remain anonymous, spoke to lawyers for Guess and outlined her story, including contemporaneous texts and complaints of his improper behaviour. We were able to fight for and win a… settlement in the amount of $400,000, to compensate them for the emotional distress they allege Marciano caused,” the statement continues.

But the decision to have Marciano remain on the board, they say is upsetting, “We are disappointed that Mr. Marciano will remain on the board through 2019. We do not believe a man with so many credible accusations of sexual assault is fit to lead any company, much less one that sells primarily to women.”

See more on Upton’s claims from ET’s recent exclusive interview with the supermodel in the video below.

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