American Apparel founder Dov Charney is being accused of using a teenage employee as a sex slave in 2008 when the employee was 18 years old, according to a report by the New York Daily News. The sexual advances are said to have started when the plaintiff was 17.
The woman, Irene Morales, who is now 20, reportedly filed a lawsuit on Friday in Brooklyn Supreme Court and is seeking $260 million in damages. According to the lawsuit, the forced sex lasted for eight months. Morales didn’t resign immediately because she was reportedly promised job advancement and didn’t report the crime fearing the trauma and embarrassment of a public proceeding. Charney, reached on his cell phone Tuesday, declined to comment. Charney has been sued for sexual harassment in the past and has also stirred controversy with his outré ad campaigns and outrageous statements. None of the previous suits were proven in court. In recent years, the company’s debt ballooned and the firm was in danger of falling out of compliance with its main lender. In October, American Apparel named former Blockbuster executive Tom Casey as its acting president.