Brooklyn, NY, United States (CNS) – American Apparel CEO Dov Charney is being accused of forcing a store employee to be his sex slave.
Irene Morales, 20, claims that the 42-year-old clothing apparel head demanded that he subjected her to “eight anguished months of forced sex” while imprisoning her in his apartment.
According to the complaint she submitted in Kings County Court on Tuesday, Morales says she was just a 17-year-old high school student working at one of the clothing giant’s retail stores.
Charney apparently barraged her with phone calls, demanding that she send him ‘explicit photographs, emails and text messages’ or she would lose her job.
Charney also allegedly told her that “if she wanted to remain employed and be advanced by the company she would have to engage in sexual acts with him as soon as she turned 18 years old.”
Because of the pressure, she became nervous and depressed, and had to be hospitalized for seven days. When she recovered, Charney demanded that she come to his apartment after her 18th birthday.
Morales said that Charney answered his door in underwear and dragged her into his aparment, forcing her to get down on her knees and perform fellatio on him. The alleged abuse, with included an attempt to sodomize her, continued for several hours although she made it clear that she did not want to engage in such acts with him.
Charney’s demands didn’t end in one day. In the following months, he also presented her with a “large ‘dildo’ sex toy” in front of other employees and lured her to his home in L.A., where she was “subjected to extreme psychological abuse and torment.”
She is now suing for sexual harassment, gender discrimination, hostile workplace, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, unpaid wages and other charges. She is seeking $260 million in damages.
Charney’s lawyers answered the allegations with a statement, saying that Morales “left the company without complaint and resigned with a letter of gratitude regarding her positive experience there.”
The suit has been put on hold until March 25 to determine whether the case will be decided in court or through arbitration.