American Apparel founder Dov Charney is being accused of keeping a teenage employee captive and forcing her to perform sex acts on him in a new suit filed last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court, the NY Daily News is reporting.
The plaintiff, Irene Morales, now 20, began working for American Apparel when she was 17 as a salesperson at the brand's Chelsea outpost. According to the suit, in April of 2008 when Morales was 18, Charney invited her over to his Manhattan apartment, greeted her in nothing but briefs, and "forced her to go down on her knees just inside the front door and perform fellatio upon him." Then Charney reportedly forced Morales to perform the same act on the bed, "nearly suffocating her in the process."
The horrifying accusations go on from there. Another excerpt from the suit states that the same night in April of 2008 that Charney reportedly forced Morales to perform fellatio on him, "she was then, to all intents and purposes, held prisoner in the apartment for several hours and forced to perform additional sexual acts." Eric Baum, Morales' lawyer, told the News that "the forced sex lasted eight months until Morales resigned under pressure."
Morales didn't resign from the company sooner because she was young, needed the job, and was promised a promotion, her lawyer said.
Charney has been sued for sexual harassment in the past but none of the suits were ever proven. These are by far the most explosive and damning (and above all incredibly sickening) charges to have been brought against him. Morales is seeking $260 million in damages.