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Early last month, fashion retailer Guess began pushing to prevent the details of a lawsuit filed by an ex-model, accusing its founder and CEO Paul Marciano of rape, from ever becoming public.
And now that model and her lawyers are fighting back, telling The Daily Beast this week that the fashion giant is trying to “silence” a victim of alleged sexual assault.
“I have already experienced so much pain. It’s my human right to get the chance to tell my story in a fair court setting like anyone else. Without being cornered or silenced into anything less,” said the former model, anonymously identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe, in an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast. “They know I am telling the truth. They fear it will get out. So their only hope is to cover it up.” (The Daily Beast has confirmed Doe’s identity but does not name alleged victims of sexual misconduct without their consent.)