Dov Charney has just been sued for the second time this month for allegedly sexually harassing a former American Apparel employee. Kimbra Lo, an ex-sales associate, says Charney tried to force her to have sex with him when she went to his house seven months after she quit to talk to him about getting some photography and modeling work.
In the interview, Ms. Lo claimed that Mr. Charney, wrapped in a towel, invited her to his bedroom to talk about a job. Once there, she said he undressed her and tried to have sex. Ms. Lo said she sought to resist but was afraid, and that he tried to take photographs.
Mr. Charney has said he often holds meetings in his bedroom. In a 2010 American Apparel ad, he was depicted in bed alongside two female employees. Employees regularly stay at his home in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles when they are in town on business. And Mr. Charney has spoken openly about having sexual relationships with some of his workers.
He also spoke to us from his bed after he gave his cell-phone number out to the world, and we were lucky enough to catch him (we can confirm we exchanged a few texts with him after that, though none of them were anywhere near lawsuit-worthy). Lo says things with Charney were fine when she was employed, but that after she left he would text her asking for photographs for possible jobs.
Charney's lawyer calls Lo's claims "contrived." Three other women are in on the suit with her but aren't talking publicly due to confidentiality agreements they signed prior to working at American Apparel — which in itself is weird. “That is a red flag,” an employment lawyer says in the Times.
So what seems worse: that this is the sixth sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Charney since the mid-2000s, or American Apparel's money problems? The stock closed at 94 cents a share yesterday, by the way.