American fashion designer Alexander Wang has responded to sexual assault claims made against him by a model.
Last week, a string of claims were made against Wang that came to light after a model uploaded a TikTok video. Wang was accused of lacing the water at his “frequently” thrown events with party drugs like Molly and making sexual advances toward people. He has denied all accusations, according to Page Six.
On Monday, Wang sent out a note to his employees, praising them for supporting him during this time. “Firstly, I’d like to take the opportunity to connect directly with the people who have helped me grow this brand into what it is today and address the recent false, fabricated, and mostly anonymous accusations against me.”
He continued, “While I have always been active in my social life, frequently attending various industry gatherings, parties, and concerts where drugs and alcohol were present… but contrary to what has been said, I have never taken advantage of others in a sexual manner or forced anything on anyone without consent. I also have never abused my status or fame for my own benefit.”
Wang added: “These baseless allegations were started on social media by sites which repeatedly disregarded the value and importance of evidence or fact-checking. It’s my priority to prove these accusations are untrue and are fueled by solely opportunistic motives.”
Some of the alleged sexual abuse stories came from an Instagram account called S—t Model Management and fashion watchdog account Diet Prada, the outlet reports. One of Wang’s former models, Owen Mooney, claims Wang groped him during a brief encounter at a New York nightclub in 2017. “I was by myself at one point, and this guy next to me obviously took advantage of the fact that no one could f–king move, and he just started, like, touching me up. And fully like, up my leg, in my crotch, like it made me freeze completely because I was in such shock,” Mooney said in a TikTok video. “I looked to my left to see who it was and it was this really famous fashion designer. Like, I couldn’t believe that he was doing that to me. It made me go into even more shock. It was really f–ked up.”
Harvey Weinstein’s former attorney, Lisa Bloom, will be representing some Wang’s accusers. She said she is “proud to take on her new clients.”
“The fashion industry is long overdue for a reckoning on its frequent, disturbing mistreatment of models. I’ve represented many alleging sexual misconduct in recent years, including against Paul Marciano, Bruce Weber, and others. Models are not props, and they have the same rights to workplace respect as everyone else,” she said.