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Alexander Wang slams sexual assault claims

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January 4, 2021 | 11:52am

Alexander Wang has insisted that though he “steadily” attended events “the place medicine and alcohol had been current,” he has by no means sexually abused anybody.

The under-fire designer has been accused of constructing undesirable sexual advances to a number of folks amid claims that he served water laced with celebration drug Molly, which he strenuously denies.

On Monday, Wang despatched a word out to his staff thanking them for standing by him after Instagram account S—t Mannequin Administration, and vogue watchdog account Food regimen Prada, shared nameless tales of alleged misconduct.

In an announcement seen by Web page Six, Wang wrote: “Firstly, I’d prefer to take the chance to attach immediately with the individuals who have helped me develop this model into what it’s at the moment and handle the current false, fabricated and principally nameless accusations towards me.”

He added, “Whereas I’ve all the time been energetic in my social life, steadily attending numerous trade gatherings, events and concert events the place medicine and alcohol had been current… however opposite to what has been mentioned, I’ve by no means taken benefit of others in a sexual method or compelled something on anybody with out consent. I even have by no means abused my standing or fame for my very own profit.”

Wang additionally wrote: “These baseless allegations had been began on social media by websites which repeatedly disregarded the worth and significance of proof or truth checking. It’s my precedence to show these accusations are unfaithful and are fueled by solely opportunistic motives.”

The 37-year-old designer, whose circle of associates consists of celebs like Hailey Baldwin, Kaia Gerber, Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner, usually makes use of partying as a theme in his designs, runway exhibits and lavish afterparties.

Harvey Weinstein’s former legal professional Lisa Bloom informed us she is “proud” to now characterize a few of Wang’s accusers.

“The style trade is lengthy overdue for a depending on its frequent, disturbing mistreatment of fashions. I’ve represented many alleging sexual misconduct lately, together with towards Paul Marciano, Bruce Weber and others. Fashions will not be props, and so they have the identical rights to office respect as everybody else,” she mentioned.

Mannequin Owen Mooney claimed that Wang groped him throughout an opportunity encounter at a New York Metropolis nightclub in 2017. Wang denies this.

“I used to be on my own at one level and this man subsequent to me clearly took benefit of the truth that nobody might f–king transfer and he simply began, like, touching me up. And absolutely like, up my leg, in my crotch, prefer it made me freeze utterly as a result of I used to be in such shock,” Mooney mentioned in a TikTok video. “I seemed to my left to see who it was and it was this actually well-known designer. Like, I couldn’t imagine that he was doing that to me. It made me go into much more shock. It was actually f–ked up.”

Whereas a person referred to as Nick claimed to the Each day Mail that Wang carried out a intercourse act on him after he met him at a Brooklyn membership in 2019. The 25-year-old claimed he was blackout drunk and regained consciousness with Wang performing a intercourse act on him. He mentioned, “Every time I used to be blacked out, I’d come to consciousness, and he was doing one thing to me.”

Nonetheless, in a number of textual content messages seen by Web page Six, over 2019 and 2020, Nick continued to achieve out to Wang, asking him over to “smoke and chill” and to satisfy up.

Wang additionally continued in his assertion: “It will be important for folks to talk up about and be heard however there’s a want to make sure accusations are credible, in order that we don’t hurt these vital causes.” And, “Our crew is doing the whole lot in its energy to analyze these claims and we promise to stay trustworthy and clear all through that course of. We’re lucky to have acquired an amazing quantity of help over the previous couple of days and are grateful to our employees, purchasers and trade friends for standing by our facet right now.”

In the meantime, Wang’s associates got here to his protection, as his agent and long-time pal Heather Hughes informed Web page Six: “Alex and I’ve recognized one another for nearly 15 years. We’ve got collaborated intently on many initiatives over time. He all the time treats fashions as human beings, and celebrates who they’re as folks. His arduous work has led to a lot success, but he stays one of many kindest folks in our enterprise.”

Mannequin Anna Ewers added: “I’ve thought of Alex an expensive pal for practically a decade and have all the time recognized him to be respectful, skilled and compassionate. Clearly, I can solely communicate for myself however my experiences with Alex on each a private {and professional} stage have been nothing wanting optimistic.”

And Alice Barlow mentioned: “I produced a number of Alexander Wang runway exhibits and events (each model and private) over the previous few years and have personally witnessed and heard solely optimistic reward for Alex and his professionalism.”

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