Saturday, October 3, 2015

Famous Ephebophile: American Apparel's Dov "Daddy" Charney

Dov Charney
Sapna Maheshwari posted on Buzzfeed that American Apparel (AA) revealed explicit text messages and emails between teen staff members and Dov Charney, the infamous ousted founder and ex-CEO of the Los Angeles based company. The revelations were in response to a May 2015 defamation lawsuit filed by Charney.


Colleen Brown, the chair of AA's board and member of the Suitability Committee that investigated and terminated Charney, alleged that Charney “frequently engaged in inappropriate sexual banter, infantilizing [young] women and referring to himself as ‘Daddy’”.

In 2011, Charney was sued by Irene Morales who claimed that 38-year-old Charney began seducing her when she was 17 and on her 18th birthday he had anal sex with her before styling her his sex slave. However, Charney purported that Morales voluntarily sent him revealing text messages and emails - some of which were posted by Gawker. (An arbitrator awarded Morales $700,000, because Charney didn't stop nude pictures of the nymphet from being posted online.)





And the New York Times reported in 2011 that 19-year-old Kimbra Lo filed a lawsuit against 42-year-old Charney. Lo claimed that Charney undressed her, tried to have sex with her and attempted to photograph the teen after she visited his apartment to talk about getting a job as a model and photographer with AA. 

Charney has been sued at least five times; however, all of the cases were settled or dismissed without Charney being formally found guilty of any crimes.


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