Beleaguered, but always mouthy American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been sued again by the same women alleging he sexually harassed them. Irene Morales, Tesa Lubans-Dehaven and Alyssa Ferguson filed harassment lawsuits against Charney, as did two others, back in March but the trio have now followed up with a new defamation suit after blogs popped up online using the girls’ names and naked photos of them above text aimed at the public like, “I LOVE THAT I CAN WASTE YOUR TAX DOLLARS WITH THESE FAKE LAWSUITS.” Though Charney’s lawyers have called the sexual harassment claims “contrived and baseless,” and he’s told Runnin’ Scared repeatedly that he’s being extorted, these new claims — that he’s leaking dirty laundry to the press in an attempt to smear his accusers — seem pretty incontrovertible.
Though not safe for work, Kimbra Lo, Irene Morales and Alyssa Ferguson all got the potentially defamatory online treatment from an anonymous blogger with access to their dirty pictures and emails, and the women seem to think Charney is behind the websites. The latest lawsuit seeks damages from Charney and an American Apparel photog “for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and impersonation online.”
The suit alleges that Charney gave photos of the women to news outlets like the New York Times and New York Post in an attempt to discredit his accusers, which he pretty obviously did, as evidenced by this Gawker post, for instance, in which the website somehow obtained pictures of Charney’s cell phone complete with sexy text messages from the girls, in addition to naked pictures the women took of themselves and dirty emails they sent to Charney.
Maybe he’ll claim he was hacked and that his personal memorabilia just happened to end up online at the same time the sexual harassment lawsuits popped up, but unless we’re missing something, it’s pretty clear he spread the raunchy media to undermine his accusers.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 28, 2011