AceShowbiz - Kate Upton is calling out Guess co-founder Paul Marciano in two new #MeToo statements. Speaking up as part of the ongoing movement which shed light on sexual harassment, the 25-year-old busty model/actress took to her social media accounts on Wednesday, January 31 to accuse the 65-year-old fashion mogul of "sexually and emotionally" harassing women.
Upton first wrote on Twitter, "It's disappointing that such an iconic women's brand @GUESS is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo." Minutes later, she followed it up on Instagram, "He shouldn't be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women #metoo."
"The Other Woman" actress, who married Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander in December last year, was not specific about her harassment claim against Marciano. Her MLB star husband retweeted her tweet. Reps for Upton, Guess and Marciano have not responded to a request for comment.
Upton first became a celebrity spokesmodel for Guess in 2011, following in the footsteps of Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford. Most recent faces of the fashion giant include models Gigi Hadid and Hailey Baldwin as well as singers Camila Cabello and Jennifer Lopez.
Marciano co-founded Guess in 1981 and has served as its executive chairman and chief creative officer since August 2015.
The #MeToo movement was founded by activist Tarana Burke on Twitter a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence, and went viral on social media in October 2017 after actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet."
The movement aims to spread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace after a wave of allegations was spurred by a slew of stories alleging sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein, who is currently under investigation in New York, Los Angeles and London after he was accused by more than 60 women of various forms of sexual assault and misconduct.