American Apparel Founder Accused Of Raping Former Employee
American Apparel founder Dov Charney is making headlines again. This time he’s being sued by a former employee who accuses him of rape and entrapment.
Via NY Daily News: The alleged victim is seeking $260 million in damages from her former boss according to the lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court
She alleges that in April 2009, Charney invited her to his Manhattan apartment, opened the door wearing nothing but underpants and “forced her to go down on her knees just inside the front door and perform fellatio upon him.”
He then threw her on the bed and made her repeat the same sex act, “nearly suffocating her in the process,” the suit says.
“She was then, to all intents and purposes, held prisoner in the apartment for several hours and forced to perform additional sexual acts,” the suit says.
It’s unclear whether the plaintiff – whose name is being withheld by the Daily News – ever reported the incident to police.
Her lawyer and Charney’s representatives did not immediately comment.
Charney was sued for sexual harassment in the past but none of those cases was proven in court. Charney did admit to maintaining a sexually-charged atmosphere in his company’s offices.
The latest suit is by far the most damming.
It claims his sexual advances started in the summer of 2007, when the plaintiff was 17 and first started working for him. It allegedly became physical once she turned 18.
She was “diagnosed as suffering from serious psychiatric injuries from which she will never fully recover,” the suit says.