Proof that not all press is good press: The CEO of California cool-girl brand Wildfox has been accused of unlawful sex with a minor (among other things) whom he'd allegedly promised a modeling contract.
According to a complaint obtained by the New York Daily News, fashion college dropout and aspiring model Meghan Chereek was 17 when she first met 43-year-old Wildfox founder Jimmy Sommers in a restaurant. It was at this initial meeting that Sommers offered Chereek a tentative contract to model for his brand.
Needless to say, the contract never happened. What did happen (as per Chereek's claims) was months of non-consensual alcohol and cocaine-fuelled sex with Sommers. (The age of consent in California is 18.) "He regularly demanded that she engage in sexual contact with him to which demands she submitted based upon her fear of him and her desire to establish a career as a model," the suit reads.
Things got worse when Chereek moved into a guest room in Sommers's home in September 2012, after being kicked out of her own apartment for failing to pay bills. Like, Sommers-allegedly-masturbating-over-Chereek-while-she-slept, worse. Sommers also allegedly manipulated Chereek into performing sex acts on another adult male in his presence, telling the teen that "nothing is free"--especially not a Wildfox modeling gig, apparently.
In her suit against Sommers and Wildfox, Chereek is seeking unspecified damages for mental and emotional suffering, injuries and trauma, counseling and therapy expenses, shame, humiliation and indignity, and future therapy expenses. If her allegations are true, we hope she gets every penny.
We've reached out to Wildfox and are waiting to hear back.