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Kate Upton Accuses Guess Co-Founder, Paul Marciano, of Sexually Harassing Women

The former Guess model shared posts on her social accounts alleging that Marciano has sexually and emotionally harassed women, claims he has since denied

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Model and actor Kate Upton slammed Guess for continuing to work with co-founder and creative director, Paul Marciano, on Twitter on January 31, setting off speculation about what was behind the cryptic message. Upton wrote: “It’s disappointing that such an iconic women’s brand is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo.”

She then shared a screen shot of the tweet on her Instagram account along with a more detailed caption that reads, “He shouldn’t be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women #metoo.”

While Upton, 25, hasn’t specifically alleged whether she was personally a victim or if she was speaking out on behalf of other women, her messages imply that a more personal story is forthcoming. When a TMZ photographer spoke to Upton at LAX on February 1, she said: “I can’t wait to tell my whole story.” When asked what she thinks should be done to keep people in positions of power from abusing their power, Upton replied: “I think a lot of people around them know about it and need to speak out.”

Responses to her tweet were a mix of supportive and less so, but at least one stood out, seemingly agreeing with Upton’s message.

Upton, who has appeared on dozens of magazine covers from Vogue to Sports Illustrated, was the face of Guess in 2011. Marciano, who co-founded the company in 1991, was appointed executive chairman and chief creative officer in August 2015.

Marciano, 65, has not been charged with a crime and denied any wrongdoing in a statement to TMZ, saying “If she has a claim, there’s one place to tell the truth and that’s in court or to the police.”

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