Yes, again. Earlier this month, Dov Charney was hit with a $260 million lawsuit for sexual harassment, in which a 20-year-old former employee alleged that she engaged in “forced sex” with the sexed up founder and CEO of American Apparel for eight months. Today, the New York Times reports that a Los Angeles lawsuit names four women in an additional suit, which “seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.” This one might be harder for Charney to dodge.
Irene Morales, the alleged sex slave in the Brooklyn case, faces similar obstacles as Charney’s past accusers in that she signed an employee waiver upon her resignation that stated she had “no pending claims against the company.” Similarly, new employees sign confidentiality agreements, which prevent three of the latest women to come forward — Alyssa Ferguson, Marissa Wilson and Tesa Lubans-Dehaven — from making their accusations public.
The fourth, Kimbra Lo, 19, though, was not working for American Apparel when the alleged incident took place. She said she was talking to Charney about being re-hired as a model and photographer, but that when she showed up to chat, Charney was “wrapped in a towel,” and took her to his bedroom where “she said he undressed her and tried to have sex. Ms. Lo said she sought to resist but was afraid, and that he tried to take photographs.” That’s after the “sexually explicit text messages” she allegedly received from him after she stopped working for the company.
“I think all of these claims are contrived,” said Charney’s lawyer Peter Schey to the New York Times, echoing what he told us previously about the Morales case. “The allegations are false. I think this is an effort to shake down American Apparel. These claims should be resolved in confidential arbitration.”
Charney has complained in the past to Runnin’ Scared about the media’s “false crusade” against him.