One week after Kate Upton accused Guess co-founder and creative director Paul Marciano of sexual harassment on Twitter, the supermodel is sharing details regarding her allegations.
Speaking with Time on Wednesday, the 25-year-old Sports Illustrated swimsuit model claims Marciano sexually harassed and assaulted her in July 2010, after the first day of shooting on a Guess lingerie campaign.
“As soon as I walked in with photographer Yu Tsai, Paul came straight up to me, forcibly grabbed my breasts and started feeling them — playing with them actually. After I pushed him away, he said, ‘I’m making sure they’re real,'” alleged Upton, who was 18 at the time.
Upton said that she did “everything I could physically do to avoid his touch throughout the meeting,” but claimed that the now-65-year-old fashion mogul continued to touch her in a “very dominating and aggressive way.”
According to the supermodel, Marciano told Yu Tsai to leave, but she texted the photographer asking him to stay, which he did. However, Upton claims his presence didn’t deter Marciano from making sexual advances.
“At one point, he forcibly grabbed the back of my head so that I could not move and started kissing my face and my neck,” Upton alleged. “I remember not wanting to say, ‘Get off of me,’ because I didn’t want to open my mouth to say anything because I didn’t want him to be able to put his tongue in my mouth.”
“I had two options: do everything I could to wiggle away and avoid his pursuit, or punch the CEO of Guess,” she continued. “So I decided to just wiggle away.”
Upton said that Marciano then insisted he walk her up to her hotel room, and she declined, recalling, “The only thing I was thinking is if he touches me like that in public, I can’t imagine what he’d try to do in private.”
One month later, Upton says she was working on another shoot for Guess when she started getting calls from Marciano, asking to come up to her room. After rejecting the requests, Upton claims she was fired.
“The next day, I learned that I had been fired from the shoot. Someone had called my agency to say I had gotten fat and would not be needed on set [that day],”…
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