In a shocking interview with TIME, the gorgeous supermodel claimed the fames businessman “forcibly grabbed her breasts” the first time he met her, and continued to touch her body and make very inappropriate advances toward her over the course of a year.
“After the first day of shooting the Guess Lingerie campaign on July 25, 2010, Paul Marciano said he wanted to meet with me. 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. After I pushed him away, he said, ‘I’m making sure they’re real,’” Upton, 25, recounted.
She added that she did “everything she could physically do to avoid his touch throughout the meeting,” but he didn’t care. He insisted on being close to her and “continued to touch her in a very dominating and aggressive way,” even grabbing her thighs, neck, breasts and arms to pull her closer.
“He then told Yu Tsai to leave us alone,” recalled Upton. “I was able to send a quick text to Yu Tsai asking him to stay. He did, but that did not stop Paul’s constant grabbing. I was extremely shaken, surprised and scared.”
The swimsuit model – who was just 18 at the time – added that at one point, Marciano, 65, began kissing her neck and holding her head so she couldn’t move away.
“I had two options: do everything I could to wiggle away and avoid his pursuit, or punch the CEO of Guess. So I decided to just wiggle away,” she admitted.
Marciano then allegedly tried walking Upton to her hotel room – and did so various times over the course of that year – but she always declined.
“Then Paul insisted that he walk me up to my hotel room. I immediately declined. The only thing I was thinking is if he touches me like that in public, I can’t imagine what he’d try to do in private. Thankfully, Yu Tsai stepped in and insisted he’d do it. I was so relieved and felt like I had barely escaped,” she said.
A month later she was called in for another shoot. The night before she was schedule to appear, Marciano showed up in her hotel and repeatedly requested to come up to her room. He even called her suite from the lobby desk. She locked the door, turned off her phone and went to sleep. The next day, she woke up to find out she was fired for reportedly being “too fat.”
Kate Upton then told TIME that she continued to work with Guess after the incident because she and photographer Yu Tsai came up with a plan to keep Marciano away from her and never let her be alone with him again. Though the Guess CEO reportedly kept reaching out to her and insisting to be alone with her, she made it clear it was never going to happen, and Yu Tsai was always there to look after her.
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After she declined his offers to join him for dinner many times, Marciano began texting Upton in an “extremely dominant and possessive” way.
“Paul’s texting increased, telling me how excited he was to see me, that he wanted me to change in front of him so he could see my naked body getting into his clothes. He asked if I thought of him when I was posing sexy on set,” said the blonde bombshell.
Eventually, Tsai was fired, as was Upton when she refused all of Paul Marciano’s sexual advances. The model said in her interview that staff told her the CEO had spread nasty rumors about her and said, “Get that fat pig off my set” before letting her go in 2011.
One year later, Guess offered her a huge amount of money for her to star in another campaign, but as soon as she agreed, Marciano began texting her again, telling her he was excited to see her and that she was not allowed to bring her boyfriend. She quit the shoot one week before it was scheduled.
As RadarOnline.com has learned, photographer Tsai told the publication that he did, in fact, witness the harassment Upton described in her interview – and till this day supports her allegations.
Marciano then spoke to TIME, saying he had “never been alone with Kate Upton” and certainly “never touched her inappropriately.”
Referring to the nasty “pig” comments, he stated that he would never “refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner.”
Marciano added that Upton’s accusations against him were “absolutely false” and “preposterous.”
“I fully support the #metoo movement,” concluded the Guess CEO. “At the same time, I will not allow others to defame me and tarnish my reputation. I have pledged to Guess and its Board of Directors my full support and cooperation with a fair and impartial investigation.”
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