Irene Morales, the former American Apparel employee suing the brand's boss Dov Charney for $250 million, sat down with "The Today Show" on Tuesday to talk about the lawsuit. Morales alleges that she endured months of harassment and that Charney forced her to perform sexual acts. The case has been temporarily halted in Brooklyn's Supreme Court.
Morales explained, "I thought it was almost normal. I thought everyone in the retail or fashion industry had to go through something similar to that. But I didn't think anything else of it," and, "I didn't contact the police or my friends or my family. It's something very shameful and embarrassing I didn't want to tell anyone about it."
Perhaps the most disturbing bits are from Charney's sworn depositions from previous sexual harassment suits against him, none of which went to trial. He's shown on tape making statements like, "I frequently drop my pants to show people my new product," and "There's some of us that love sluts. It could be also an endearing term."
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