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Guess’ Paul Marciano Again Under Fire for Past Alleged Sexual Assault

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Following similar reports in February, Guess founder Paul Marciano is now facing new claims he sexually assaulted Eileen Toal, a former employee of a boutique affiliated with the Marciano family. She alleged the incident happened in 1983 when she was 18 years old.

Toal described her experience to The Daily Beast, claiming he assaulted her in his car in the parking lot behind the store after agreeing to give her a ride. She said she immediately told his brother Maurice—her boyfriend at the time—who dismissed her story and claimed, “That’s just Paul.”

Guess representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The allegations come on the heels of a publicized lawsuit filed by an anonymous model who claims Marciano forced her to perform oral sex on him during what she thought would be a meeting to discuss new career opportunities. “Jane Doe’s” allegations include quid pro quo sexual harassment, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment. She also said Guess’ human resources was uncooperative when she filed a written complaint months later, stating that they instead proceeded to offer her more work in a separate meeting that followed. Ultimately, she was replaced by another model for a scheduled shoot in what she considers an act of retaliation.

Though California’s statute of limitations prevents Toal from pressing charges against Marciano, she told The Daily Beast she was inspired to share her story after hearing about Doe’s lawsuit.

“There must be a gaggle of women who have not come forward that are employees that worked there,” Toal told the publication. “There’s nothing in this for me other than letting people know this has been going on for a very long time. I do want other women to be protected from him.”

Toal filed a police report with the Beverly Hills Police Department earlier this month, and officials are currently investigating the claims.

Other women have made similar allegations in the past. In 2018, model Kate Upton accused Marciano of verbal harassment and inappropriate touching when she modeled for the denim label in 2010. The accusations triggered an investigation, which resulted in settlement agreements totaling $500,000 with five individuals who had accused the founder of sexual harassment. At the time, Marciano also resigned from his role as executive chairman, only to be quietly welcomed back as a Guess board member and chief creative officer a year later.

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