Director of the Elite modeling agency, one of the most prestigious in the world, for 25 years, Gérald Marie is accused of sexual harassment and rape by two former models, according to The Sunday Times.
The publication claims that Marie, who already faced charges of similar content in the late 1990s, may now be the target of an investigation in France, the country where the complaints were made. Prosecutors are reviewing the allegations to evaluate the opening of a lawsuit.
According to The Sunday Times, one of the victims was 17 years old at the time of the crime and the other 20. 20. The publication denied the accusations. “It would not be appropriate for me to comment, at this point, on the allegations of irregularities being made against me, except to make it clear that I categorically deny them,” he said.
Former models Carré Otis, 51, and Jill Dodd, 60, say they are demonstrating publicly with the aim of encouraging other models and former professionals to speak up, if they have experienced a similar situation, and to protect young women in the industry. who may be experiencing sexual violence.
Marie has been the target of reports of model violations for more than 20 years. One of the cases reported to the Elite agency in 1999 was that of a reporter who pretended to be a model and said that she had received a proposal from the agency’s director, Marie, to have sex with him for $ 450 (about R $ 2,500 currently).