“I just learned that Guess hired Paul Marciano’s PERSONAL lawyer to run their internal ‘investigation,'” Upton wrote on Twitter. “I’m truly disheartened to learn that Guess is treating this abuse of power and sexual misconduct (to multiple women) in such a manner.”
She continues, “Until Guess makes a commitment to conduct an unbiased investigation, I have declined to participate. I look forward to participating if and when Guess retains a truly independent firm to run the entire investigation.”
— Kate Upton (@KateUpton) February 28, 2018
Guess made the announcement that they formed a special committee on February 7 to oversee an “ongoing investigation” into recent allegations against Marciano. The company is using two different law firms to conduct the investigation, one of which is a third-party firm that has never represented Guess.
The Blast first reported the history of alleged abuse by Paul Marciano and accusations from multiple models that claim he wielded his power in the industry to take advantage of young women. Executives at Guess have also been accused of facilitating his improper behavior.