Kate Upton Speaks Out on Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Guess Co-Founder

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In the piece published on Wednesday, February 7, the 25-year-old model/actress claimed the 65-year-old fashion mogul once "forcibly grabbed my breasts" during a long campaign of harassment.

"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", she said, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The actor Sade Sellers agreed with Upton, tweeting: "I worked with him for a few years and was too afraid to say anything, but this is true".

According to Upton, Marciano continued using a "dominant and possessive" tone with her, scheduling her shoots personally to make her feel that her prospects depended on him. He did, but that did not stop Paul's constant grabbing.

"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 added. "I wondered if it was how I was presenting myself or what I was wearing", she said. "So I made a decision to just wiggle away", she added.

Following the publication of the interview, Marciano has denied Upton's claims in a statement to Time, labelling them "preposterous" and "absolutely false".

The newly-married star claims that she remembers not wanting to say "Get off of me" for fear of opening her mouth and having Marciano kiss her.

"We came up with a plan that anytime Paul invites himself to my room, I would text Yu Tsai to be there so that I was never alone in a room with him".

'I fully support the #metoo movement. "Ms. Upton told TMZ that 'I'm excited to tell my whole story.' I am told that she has been working with others for some time to defame me and will claim that I groped her among other things". "I have pledged to Guess and its board of directors my full support and cooperation with a fair and impartial investigation".

Guess shares fell more than 16 percent on Thursday following a tweet by model and actress Kate Upton about the company's co-founder using the #MeToo hashtag created to highlight sexual harassment.

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Upton said Marciano had asked to meet with her after the first day of shooting for a Guess Lingerie campaign in 2010. After several denials, I turned off my phone and locked the door - tried to get some sleep.

She was sacked from the shoot the next day, as was the protective snapper, she claims. Someone called my agency to say I'd gotten fat and wouldn't be needed on set.

At one point, Marciano allegedly told the photographer to leave him alone with Upton.

In the interview, Upton also goes on to say that Marciano spread rumours about her when she refused to go to dinner alone with him and that she quit a shoot because she wasn't allowed to bring her boyfriend on set, which she believed was necessary to protect her from Marciano's advances. He asked if I thought of him when I was posing sexy on set. The supermodel worked on another Guess shoot almost one moth later, and she alleged that Marciano again made several attempts to visit her suite. One time he told her that he wanted to see her change in front of him so that he could see her naked body getting into his clothes.

Photographer Yu Tsai told the magazine he witnessed the harassment Upton described. I am sick of being expected to endure all this while being polite and professional.

"It took a huge toll on my confidence and self-worth", she said. "I started slumping my shoulders to hide my breast size, wearing baggy clothes, started despising my own body.You chalk it up to, 'This is how it is.' And you go through this gut-wrenching struggle of, 'How much of myself am I required to sacrifice?'"

Upton said the overtures continued.

The model explains she is not going to let Marciano "intimidate me anymore".

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