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Can American Apparel go 24 hours without getting hit with a new controversy? Yesterday, several of their ads were banned in Britain for appearing to sexualize minors, and today CEO Dov Charney is getting hit with a lawsuit that alleges he choked and rubbed dirt in the face of a former employee.
Dov Charney and American Apparel recently jumped into the Olympic uniform fray, saying that the company had been in negotiations about manufacturing the Russian team’s uniforms for the 2014 winter games since 2011. But now Charney has come out saying that won’t be happening, and that it was never really happening in the first place.
Purple is out, pink is in.
Earlier this week, American Apparel CEO Dov Charney slammed Ralph Lauren for outsourcing the U.S. Olympic Team‘s uniforms. The retailer boasted that it could manufacture the uniforms domestically, and in less than a week. Charney also said the company was in talks with the Russian Olympic Team to manufacture uniforms for the 2014 Games in Sochi. But according to new reports, the Russians didn’t approach American Apparel at all.
Yesterday Dov Charney sat down with CNBC’s Jane Wells to discuss American Apparel. While Charney was there to discuss business (“We’re getting our groove back.”), talk naturally veered toward Charney’s behavior.
It looks like Dov Charney has dodged yet another bullet.
Dov Charney‘s beleaguered American Apparel may just have gotten lucky once again.
The literary community is clutching its pearls after news broke this week that an untested, first-time author was given a half-million dollar advance. It then proceeded to tear its pearls off its neck and stamp the floor in riotous anticipation when it was revealed this author is writing a book about Dov Charney.
You’d think a guy whose teenage employees have accused him of turning them into sex slaves would want to do everything in his power to not look like a child molester. And yet, American Apparel CEO and skeezeball-in-chief Dov Charney is currently selling a t-shirt that proclaims “Teenagers Do It Better” in big block letters.
Is American Apparel ever not being sued? In this week’s edition of who the clothing company has pissed off, we have Christopher Renfro, an African American man and former American Apparel employee who began working with the company in 2006 and ultimately sued in 2008 for racial discrimination. Renfro alleged that his supervisor, Sean Alonzo, repeatedly referred to him with the racial slur “nigger.” And we thought Dov Charney saying that he loves “sluts” was bad enough.
American Apparel may be (temporarily) in the clear after a group of Canadian investors bought $15.2 million worth of company shares last month, but it’s still deep in debt and recovering from losing a whopping $86.3 million in 2010 alone.
Given that the future of his company is bleak at best, it seems counterintuitive that Dov Charney, the company’s chairman, CEO, and principal shareholder, was noticeably absent from American Apparel’s shareholder meeting on Tuesday.
You know what’s not a secret? American Apparel is in serious financial trouble. You know what else is not a secret? Sex sells! Or at least it’s supposed to. Which is why for the past decade or so American Apparel has resorted to hiring nude models in its advertising. The latest ads, for the company’s new line of women’s jeans, are just as porny as the rest of them, but they leave us questioning whether or not the strategy is actually going to work.
Today Dov Charney hosted a webinar for American Apparel store managers, via his personal computer. One of the managers who “attended” this virtual meeting was industrious enough to take a screenshot of Charney’s desktop, and in turn send it to Gawker. Charney’s digital life is just as creepy as his actual life, but hey — he has a Mac!
From everything we know about Kate Middleton to Kate Moss getting naked for Vogue, if you missed something last week, we’ve got you covered.
A group of women who sued American Apparel CEO Dov Charney for numerous counts of sexual abuse are fighting back against allegations that they were never assaulted in the first place. And how? By suing Dov Charney and American Apparel again, this time for defamation, emotional distress, invasion of privacy and online impersonation.
American Apparel’s latest financial savior isn’t worried about recent allegations that CEO Dov Charney sexually assaulted a group of his female employees. Michael Serruya, who last week managed to save American Apparel from defaulting on its debt covenants, said he thinks the sexual assault case against Charney is an attempt to take advantage of his bad image.
Dov Charney‘s business is safe again — for now — thanks to a coalition of investors who managed to raise over $15 million to help American Apparel avoid defaulting on its loans. And the leader of that coalition is none other than a man who got his start selling frozen yogurt at a mall north of Toronto.
We’re starting to wonder if embattled American Apparel CEO Dov Charney doesn’t just do and say certain things just to get a rise out of us. (And upon reflection, we’re pretty sure that’s exactly what he does, so… Anyway!) Charney is the subject of a New York Times profile today in which he mocks American Apparel’s board of directors, decries the “repressive” state of American culture, and reveals his desire to recreate the Playboy mansion in his 20-room concrete home in Los Angeles’ hipster-friendly neighborhood of Silver Lake.
This week Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld made headlines — as did Dov Charney and Lady Gaga. Reality shows were such a thing, Kanye got back in the fashion game, and the royal wedding continued to take over our lives.