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Sexy fashion fascist

The knives are always out in the leading fashion houses of NYC, London, Paris and Monaco, be they cutting criticisms of leading styles produced in homage by one designer for the next season, open ridiculing of the sense of direction one particular company decides to go down or maybe even for changing that long ball-gown into a mini-skirt (we mean actually using scissors there, instead of knives.) But sexual misconduct in various companies seems to be becoming a fashion all of its own.

Following our previous story about the current CEO of American Apparel, claims have been made by the former Chief Operating Officer of Marc Jacobs that President Robert Duffy has created an overtly sexual atmosphere by exposing workers to gay porn and by asking an employee to pole-dance for him, the NY Post whispers into our ear.

'Duffy 'uses company funds for personal expenses and does not censor what he does or says,' ex-Chief Operating Officer Patrice Lataillade said in his suit, which charges Duffy with having created a 'discriminatory environment' at the company. Duffy is Marc Jacobs' longtime business partner.'

''Examples of Duffy's conduct which created a hostile work environment include his displaying [of] gay pornography in the office and requiring employees to look at it; his production and dissemination of a book which included photos of MJI staff in sexual positions or nude; [and] his requirement that an MJI store employee perform a pole dance for him,' the suit said.'

What they need is a good dose of Anna Wintour style ice-queen sobriety to get them back on trend and making fantastic couture. Or maybe some internal investigation or other. Which would be less exciting.

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