“The complaint is rife with so many false allegations – from the mundane to the sensational, that Mr. Hammam-Howe’s attorneys should be ashamed. Mr. Nole is an icon of the fashion industry who will not be intimidated by Mr. Hammam-Howe’s desperate fiction, and will defend these claims vigorously.”
Noted stylist and former America’s Next Top Model judge Nole Marin is being sued for making unwelcome sexual advances on an aspiring male model. In a lawsuit filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court Monday, Nicholas Hamman-Howe alleges that Marin offered to make him a star in exchange for sex.
The two first met in 2007, when Marin told Hamman-Howe that he could make a lot of money modeling underwear or swimwear because of his physique. Hamman-Howe says in the suit that he’d never considered modeling as a career, but nevertheless agreed to a test shoot at Marin’s apartment in Oct. 2007.
When he got there, Marin asked him to strip down to his underwear and then tried to fondle him. Hamman-Howe says he pushed Marin away and ran out of the apartment, but not before Marin told him that modeling is “a very sexual industry” that is “all about who you know and what they’ll do for you.”
Hamman-Howe must not have been fooled enough the first time around, because when Marin started texting him in March of this year promising $120,000 for an Armani Exchange campaign, he eventually agreed to go back to Marin’s apartment. Hamman-Howe’s suit claims that instead of reps from the brand, he was once again alone with the stylist, who reached into his underwear.
Hamman-Howe left again, and says for weeks afterward he received text messages from Marin that promised stardom in return for sex.
Marin’s manager told The New York Post that “there is no truth to any” of Hamman-Howe’s allegations.
In addition to styling models, celebrities and appearing on television, Marin is also known for discovering male model Sean O’Pry on MySpace. Whether his other discoveries or interaction with models reaches into Terry Richardson territory is unknown. But whether or not the claims are true, it’s still disturbing to know that aspiring models continue to be vulnerable to this kind of abuse.