If there is one thing Americans like, it’s supporting American workers. That’s just the mentality American Apparel CEO Dov Charney had in his business plan when he founded the company. However, keeping it in the family is not his only policy when it comes to his “jeans”.
New York’s Village Voice reported earlier today that “a new lawsuit from an ex-American Apparel employee seeks $260 million in damages for sexual harassment and subsequent ‘serious psychiatric injuries from which she will never fully recover,’ according to paperwork filed last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court.” Wow! That’s a lot of crappy looking clothing profit! This, by the way, is not the first time our model loving boss has been accused of taking his locally made clothing off… though none of those cases were proven in court.
Now brace yourself for the written testimony of the plaintiff, Irene Morales, released by the NY Daily News. “She says in court papers that in April 2008, when she was 18, Charney invited her to his Manhattan pad, opened the door wearing only his briefs and ‘forced her to go down on her knees just inside the front door and perform fellatio upon him.’ He then threw her on the bed and made her repeat the same sex act, ‘nearly suffocating her in the process.’ She was then, to all intents and purposes, held prisoner in the apartment for several hours and forced to perform additional sexual acts.” Isn’t this the part where detectives Benson and Stabler from Special Victims Unit break down the door and save the girl? (Insert Law & Order “bum bum” sound here)
Now before we wrap this case up in a wool turtleneck and call it a day, Charney has vehemently defended himself and attacked claims that he is a “creep.” In a statement, Charney released the following comments: “It’s false testimony. There’s no credibility to that statement — I don’t feel that I’m a creep. You can’t defend it. It’s not good for society. Martin Luther King was having affairs, but his work was too important so the media didn’t bring it up.” So let’s think about that for a minute. He is comparing his accomplishments to those of MLK? You’re right Charney, if that guy wasn’t so busy trying to unite society and focused on more important things like which shade of orange to make next season’s gloves, he’d be held to a different standard I suppose. Oh and hey, did you hear this? Ghandi was a polygamist and Mother Teresa had her slutty moments… but again – as you can see from the footage – not the most fashion forward individuals. I’ll make you a deal Dov. End the war, bring world peace, and we’ll all look the other way regarding your forced molestation habit.
We mustn’t forget that all of those realistic rape and torture scenes we see on television dramas such as NBC’s “L&O: SVU” are mere actors in no real danger yet stem from the reality of the true brutality some women endure by psychologically and sexually unstable men. If it turns out that these extreme accusations of torture against this 18 year old girl are legitimate, how many think this Dov character aught to be hung by one of those ugly ass scarves his company makes?
(Image from The Village Voice)Tags: American Apparel, Dov Charney, fashion, New York, sex, sexual harassment