Fash­ion chief out over sex ha­rass­ment claims

Daily Mail - - City & Finance -

FASH­ION brand Guess has paid al­most £375,000 to five peo­ple who ac­cused its co-founder of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault.

Paul Mar­ciano, 66, is step­ping down as chair­man af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ments and grop­ing.

The claims were made pub­lic in Jan­uary when model Kate Up­ton ( pic­tured) said Mar­ciano had grabbed her breasts dur­ing a Guess pho­to­shoot. She also said he ha­rassed her at ho­tels where she was stay­ing and sent in­ap­pro­pri­ate texts. In Fe­bru­ary an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched by the Guess board and a law firm. Its re­port said Mar­ciano placed ‘him­self in si­t­u­a­tions in which plau­si­ble al­le­ga­tions of im­proper con­duct could, and did, arise’. Mar­ciano de­nies the al­le­ga­tions. He will stay on as chief creative of­fi­cer un­til Jan­uary.

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