Model Linda Evangelista defended women who accuse her ex-husband, Gérald Marie, of having committed sexual abuse and rape. In an interview with the Guardian magazine, the 55-year-old Canadian said she believed in the reports given by them.
Linda was married to the former director of the Elite modeling agency in Europe between 1987 and 1993. He had previously had his name involved in such charges, and in a report in The Sunday Times, two former models reported cases of harassment and rape.
“During my relationship with Gérald Marie, I knew nothing of these sexual allegations against him, so I couldn’t help these women,” said Evangelista.
“Listening to them now, and based on my own experiences, I believe they are telling the truth. It breaks my heart, because they are wounds that may never heal, and I admire their courage and the strength to talk about it now.”
Director of the Elite model agency for 25 years, Gérald Marie has been accused of sexual harassment and rape by two former models, according to The Sunday Times.
Prosecutors began to analyze the allegations to assess the opening of a case.
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 allegations. “It would not be appropriate 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, if they have been in 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).