In an interview with the English newspaper “The Guardian”, supermodel Linda Evangelista, one of the biggest names in fashion in the 1990s, came out in defense of a group of women who accuse her ex-husband, Gérald Marie, of rape. She praised the courage and strength of the four who went public.
“During my relationship with Gérald Marie, I didn’t hear any of these accusations, so I couldn’t help these women,” says the Canadian model, who was married to him from 1987 to 1993. “Listening to them now and based on my own experience , I believe they are telling the truth. It hurts my heart because they are wounds that may never heal, and I admire the courage and strength for talking about it. “
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Gérald was president of the branch of the Elite model agency in Europe and one of the most powerful men in fashion in the 1980s and 1990s. Under the tutelage of the agency, there were contracts for names like Linda, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, the supermodels of the time. A criminal investigation was opened in France based on the testimony of four women who claim to have been raped by the executive: three former models and a journalist who worked for the BBC. But, to date, nine have gone public reporting abuses.
In a statement to the Sunday Times, Gérald denied the accusations: “It would not be appropriate at this point to comment on the accusations made against me unless it is made clear that I categorically deny all of them.”
One of the women who accuse the French, heard by “The Guardian”, is Wendy Walsh, today a radio presenter in the United States. She went to Paris in the 1980s to try a fashion career and says that Gérald’s education and helpfulness ended up convincing her mother and herself that she would be treated well by the agency.
“I was young, innocent, I had stars in my eyes. I wasn’t scared because I believed that adults were going to take care of me,” she said of the time when I was 17. Weeks after settling in the city, she claims to have been raped by Gérald Marie.