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Kate Upton Accuses Guess Founder Paul Marciano of Sexual Harassment [Updated]

The model is adding her voice to the #MeToo campaign.
Kate Upton in Cannes. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Kate Upton in Cannes. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Kate Upton is amongst an exclusive set of blonde models who had their careers made by a Guess campaign. But now, she's taken to social media to speak out against Paul Marciano, a co-founder of the company.

Upton doesn't specify an incident, but says Marciano "shouldn't be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women." It's unclear if Upton was among the harassed women; others responded to Upton's Twitter post noting they, too, had heard of or witnessed misconduct from Marciano.

The allegations came as Guess celebrated its newest face, Jennifer Lopez. 

UPDATE, Friday, Feb. 2, 7:54 a.m.: Paul Marciano denied Kate Upton's claims 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." 

New brand ambassador Jennifer Lopez released a statement of her own on Thursday in response to the allegations, which was first reported by "Entertainment Tonight": "My position on these issues is well known, as I have been very vocal about them. I do not condone any acts of sexual harassment, violation, or misconduct. Any accusations should be fully and thoroughly investigated. I will continue to support our rights as women."

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By Thursday afternoon, shares of Guess stock had dropped more than 17 percent, reports the LA Times

We have reached out to Guess for comment and will update with their response.

UPDATE, Thursday, Feb. 8, 8:15 a.m.: Kate Upton has spoken with Time regarding details of her encounters with Paul Marciano. At one point in her account, Upton says he "forcibly grabbed my breasts" while commenting, "I'm making sure they’re real." Marciano continued to touch Upton, smelling her and kissing her while doing so.

After that, Marciano continued to harass her, insisting to come up to her hotel room one night and then firing her from a Guess shoot the next day, telling her agency that Upton "had gotten fat." Following more unwanted encounters, including inappropriate texts, Marciano began to treat Upton with hostility on set, at one point demanding, "Get that fat pig off my set."

Upton's full allegations can be read at Time.

UPDATE, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m.: Paul Marciano will step away from his "day-to-day responsibilities" at Guess, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter. Marciano, who is chief creative officer and executive chairman of Guess's board, will not be paid during his leave.

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