Three women who sued American Apparel CEO Dov Charney for sexual harassment last month just sued him again, but this time for defamation, invasion of privacy, and impersonating them online. The first $260 million suit, filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, was halted by a judge, who ordered a hearing to decide if the case should proceed, while American Apparel's attorneys argued that the women who filed the suit were trying to extort money from the company. The new suit, filed in Los Angeles Supreme Court, accuses American Apparel of making fake slutty blogs about Irene Morales, Alyssa Ferguson, and Tesa Lubans-Dehaven after the Brooklyn suit was filed.
The L.A. Times reports:
Some of the blogs featured "nude or semi-nude pictures" of Ferguson and Morales and also made it appear that the women were "admitting to an unlawful scheme of extortion which they were not," the suit said.
They also accuse the company of releasing their photos to news outlets, including the Times. Sexy photos of Kimbra Lo, who sued American Apparel for sexual harassment last month but is not part of this new lawsuit, were sent around by a tipster to a bunch of fashion blogs, including this one, Racked, and Fashionista at the height of publicity for her suit. A saucy photo of Lo also ran in the New York Post, which was cagey about how they got it. But even if any of these girls are strippers or posed nude in other magazines or for an American Apparel ad, they shouldn't have to put up with sexual harassment.
Meanwhile, American Apparel's new Canadian investor, Michael Serruya, believes in Charney's innocence, telling WWD:
“The big reason for our investment was Dov. He really embodies the soul of American Apparel,” he noted. Of Charney’s legal battles related to multiple alleged instances of sexual harassment Serruya added: “I think a lot of what he is going through is a shakedown. We’ve done due diligence. Obviously it’s in front of the courts but I think time will tell.”
Of course, this guy is not expected to say he thinks otherwise.