December 16, 2018

Kristina Shannon accuses Paul Marciano of sexual assault

10 February 2018, 09:59 | Regina Holmes

NATION-NOW Guess to investigate Kate Upton's allegations of sexual misconduct by Paul Marciano Guess to investigate possible Marciano misconduct

NATION-NOW     Guess to investigate Kate Upton's allegations of sexual misconduct by Paul Marciano     
       Guess to investigate possible Marciano misconduct

When Upton rejected Marciano, she says she was sacked and labeled "fat".

Marciano has denied the allegations.

She was sacked from the shoot the next day, as was the protective snapper, she claims. "It made me question what I was doing. That's his fault that is his way of acting and I had to empower myself again". Even though they offered a large sum of money, she said she declined because Marciano started "texting that he would make sure to be on set".

Shannon says that the two then had sex and that their intimate relationship continued in hopes that she would get the Guess campaign that she claims he promised her.

A Guess store is pictured on February 1, 2018, in San Francisco. Upton previously told Time magazine that Tsai was sacked "in what seemed to be retaliation" for his acting as a buffer for her.

Upton claims that when she was 18, Marciano forcibly groped her during a lingerie photo shoot for Guess while a photographer was in the room.

Guess declined to provide further comment to BuzzFeed News.

Marciano has claimed Upton was hungover and unprofessional on that final shoot.

"I was [going] back and forth about sharing this story because it's always easier to leave things in the past", Upton told GMA's Robin Roberts, adding that what gave her a "push" was meeting with up-and-coming models who were excited to start their career in the fashion industry.

The newlywed tells TIME she's exhausted of having to "laugh off" the misconduct of fashion bosses and photographers in the industry: "I'm sick of being expected to laugh off these aggressive advances and accept the power imbalances that exist", she rages.

He maintains he has never touched Upton or acted inappropriately toward her. "Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner".

She continued, "So you're constantly pushed to show up on set no matter what happens, and they're bringing up examples of other women who are fine with this behavior and have really successful careers so you're suddenly being pushed to be there".

He said: "I fully support the #metoo movement". At the same time, I will not allow others to defame me and tarnish my reputation. "I have pledged to Guess and its Board of Directors my full support and cooperation with a fair and impartial investigation". "I have complete trust and confidence that a review of all of the facts - not fabricated and baseless allegations - will prove that the accusations against me are untruthful".

The 25-year-old model-and-actress accused Paul of sexual misconduct on Twitter last week, and whilst he has denied the allegations against him, fellow Guess model Hailey has praised Kate for "using her platform correctly". "It used to work in the past but that's not the case anymore".

This is not the first time Marciano has faced such allegations.

Model Kate Upton walks the runway at Spring Studios on September 13, 2017, during New York Fashion Week in New York.

"It'd be so nice to see big business and corporations do this on their own", she said.

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