January 23, 2022

Guess Mogul Paul Marcianoโ€™s Insurer Distances From Him Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

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The insurance coverage agency that underwrites luxurious style model Guess and its co-founder Paul Marciano doesn’t need to be held chargeable for a high-profile sexual assault lawsuit in opposition to the mogul, suing each events final week.

Beazley Insurance coverage Firm, Inc. filed the go well with on Dec. 28 in California, requesting a jury trial and declaring it shouldn’t be chargeable for protecting any coverage claims from Guess associated to the 2021 grievance in opposition to scandal-plagued Marciano, provided that the manager has an alleged โ€œsampleโ€ of โ€œwrongful acts.โ€

โ€œBeazley seeks a declaration that it has no obligation beneath the Coverage to defend or indemnify Guess or Marciano (collectively, the โ€œInsuredsโ€) in reference to a January 2021 lawsuit by Jane Doe alleging sexual misconduct by Marciano,โ€ the Connecticut-based agency wrote, โ€œas a result of the Doe Lawsuit, a collection of comparable claims made in 2018, and a 2009 lawsuit filed in opposition to the Insuredsโ€ฆ contain โ€˜Interrelated Wrongful Acts.โ€™โ€ Such acts, the insurer wrote, are recognized in its coverage as these โ€œwhich have as a standard nexus any truth, circumstance, state of affairs, occasion, transaction, [or] trigger.โ€

Along with the latest grievance from January 2021, through which a former mannequin pseudonymously identified as Jane Doe alleged Marciano sexually assaulted her, the insurer cited ex-model Lindsey Ringโ€™ 2009 harassment lawsuit in addition to a series of misconduct claims from 2018 (which led to $500,000 in settlements and Marcianoโ€™s resignation as CEO earlier than quietly returning as chief artistic officer) to reveal the Guess mogulโ€™s โ€œsample.โ€

All three complaints share the โ€œfrequent nexusโ€ of โ€œMarcianoโ€™s sample of sexually harassing and assaulting present or aspiring Guess workers or fashions utilizing his place of energy throughout the firm and style trade,โ€ Beazley declared within the lawsuit. As such, the agency stated, it shouldn’t be required to cowl insurance coverage claims associated to Doeโ€™s 2021 grievance.

Lisa Bloom, who represents a number of Marciano accusers together with Doe, advised The Each day Beast this week: โ€œThis improvement signifies that Guessโ€™ personal insurance coverage firm seeks to distance itself from Guess, in mild of the various ladies, previous and current, who’ve accused Paul Marciano of sexual assault. I’m proud to signify three ladies at the moment standing up in opposition to Marciano and Guess in sexual harassment and assault instances. Whether or not the defendants have insurance coverage or not is of no concern to us. Our instances are about all fashionsโ€™ rights to a respectful office.”

Neither Beazley nor Guess responded to requests for touch upon this story.

Since The Each day Beast first reported on Doeโ€™s lawsuit final 12 months, a number of different ladies have come ahead to accuse Marciano of sexual misconduct: Guess mannequin Gwen Van Meir alleged that the fashion mogul sexually harassed her on a set last year. And a former worker of the mogulโ€™s household retailer in Los Angeles came forward with the claim that the Guess founder pressured her to carry out oral intercourse on him in 1983. And late final 12 months, a separate โ€œJane Doeโ€ filed a lawsuit against Marciano claiming he pressured her to have unprotected intercourse with him.

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