Supermodel Kate Upton detailed claims of sexual harassment at the hands of fashioner designer Paul Marciano, a week after she first accused him of misconduct.
In an interview with Time, Upton claims that Marciano repeatedly grabbed and groped her, while also calling her a “fat pig,” following a photo shoot for the iconic fashion label he co-founded, Guess.
“As soon as I walked in with photographer Yu Tsai, Paul came straight up to me, forcibly grabbed my breasts and started feeling them—playing with them actually,” Upton told the outlet. “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,” she continued.
Upton claimed that on another occasion, Marciano texted her “telling me how excited he was to see me, that he wanted me to change in front of him so he could see my naked body getting into his clothes. He asked if I thought of him when I was posing sexy on set.”
However, after Upton took steps to make sure she was “never alone in the room with him,” she claims that Marciano became “outwardly rude and degrading the entire time,”
“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,” she said. “I was then told to leave because Paul had said, ‘Get that fat pig off my set.’”
— Kate Upton (@KateUpton) January 31, 2018
Marciano vehemently denied the allegations, despite Upton’s photographer Yu Tsai corroborating her harassment claims.
“I have never been alone with Kate Upton. I have never touched her inappropriately. Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner,” told Time in a statement.
“I fully support the #metoo movement,” he added. “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.”
Marciano is the latest figure in the fashion world to have been accused of sexual misconduct as a result of the #MeToo anti-sexual harassment movement, which began last October after following decades of allegations of abuse and harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Last month, Vogue magazine cut ties with two of the most famous photographers in the fashion industry, Bruce Weber, and Mario Testino, over numerous allegations of abuse against the two men by various models.
In October, the famed fashion and celebrity photographer Terry Richardson was reportedly blacklisted by Condé Nast — parent company of magazines including GQ, Vogue, and Vanity Fair — after the resurfacing of past sexual misconduct allegations.