Another model has accused Guess co-founder Paul Marciano of sexual assault, following #MeToo accusations put forth by supermodel Kate Upton last week.
The model, Miranda Vee, alleges to have been sexually harassed by supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid‘s billionaire dad, Mohamed Hadid, and Guess co-founder Paul Marciano. She has now filed a police report and hired Lisa Bloom as her attorney.
“She filed a police report alleging sexual assault against both Paul Marciano and Mohamed Hadid. We went to the LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles," Bloom told Page Six.
“We sat with two detectives for about two hours,” Bloom continued. “She answered all of their questions. They asked us not to speak with the press about any of the allegations nor the details.”
In an interview with Time last week, 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 has 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, 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." Text messages sent by Marciano to the model, which were confirmed as authentic, were provided as evidence.
Following Upton's allegations against Marciano, Vee said on instagram about her own alleged experience in 2017: “It is time people like @paulmarciano &@mohamedhadid get exposed for who they really are!”
She continued, “Met with Paul at his @guess headquarters that is actually a apartment where he sexually harassed me & after that passed me on to his friend [Mohamed] who was going to meet me for ‘coffee.'”
“I thought it was a professional meeting but it was just me, him & champagne where he date raped me in a apartment. All to get a test shoot for guess. LAST year when I [tried] to speak out about it they found out & made me sign a NON-disclosure agreement & I only agreed to sign because paul threatened me & said he would get me disappeared if I ever say anything. #TIMESUP Why should we have to stay quiet because they have the power? #METOO.”
Vee has since deleted her post and switched her account to private. Before Vee filed the report, Hadid denied her instagram claims in an interview with the New York Post at Anna Sui’s New York Fashion Week show on Monday.
“It’s dead. The story is gone so it’s just a false accusation," he said. "I feel they are right [about #metoo] and they should change the culture of any industry. I have four daughters so I am very respectful toward women and I understand all this, but at the same time there are a lot of false accusations that are damaging to certain people. In general, I think that women should stand up and speak out.”
“I’m not here to hurt anyone,” Hadid continued. “Sadly, it’s a false accusation. What do I get out of it? I don’t think I can pursue it for financial gains. My name definitely will clear up. I have kids and I have grandkids and I want to make sure that they know that these are all false accusations.
“I’m not in the business of modeling. I’m not in the industry. I don’t have anyone [models] to hire — ladies — so that’s why I’m very upset with it. She [Vee] kind of followed the #metoo movement for a case that did not exist.”