Former American Apparel CEO Dov Charney was fired for a “cause” including “an ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct.” But now a leaked video shows us exactly what type of misconduct he has allegedly become infamous for doing.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Mr. Charney started American Apparel 25 years ago from a college dorm room and according to the scandal allegations he kept the college frat party atmosphere with his management style:
“Over the years, Charney has been sued for sexual harassment, facing accusations that he even kept a woman as a sex slave and forced another to perform oral sex on him…. In one highly publicized 2004 incident which came to be emblematic of Charney’s unsettling and often sleazy public persona, the Montreal-born entrepreneur gave an interview to a female reporter from Jane Magazine, during which he exposed himself and masturbated in front of the journalist.”
The company even became infamous for having display models that had realistic nipples and pubic hair in order to be authentic.
Besides Charney running his business like it was in Animal House, the other reasons for his pink slip included the fact that American Apparel has been teetering on the edge of bankruptcy since 2011 and has lost hundreds of millions of dollars. Wall Street apparently agreed with the decision by the board since the American Apparel stock jumped up after the announcement.
Over time Charney has been targeted by several sexual harassment lawsuits from at least nine female employees, though all those cases were settled or dismissed and the ex-CEO wants his job back. But now a video hosted on a site called Viddme entitled “Dov Charney dancing for his employees” may add fuel to the fire since it shows the CEO dancing in the nude for his female workers while talking on a phone.
Gawker has spoken to a former American Apparel employee who says it is “100 percent him” and even identifies the women in the video:
“I worked for AA years ago. That girl in the video used to be my boss. And the girl he’s referring to, Daisy, also used to work with me. I think she still works for the [company].”
Do you think American Apparel was right to fire Dov Charney now that we have video evidence showing how he behaved around female employees? Oh, and if you do watch the original video please be aware it is completely NSFW since it has explicit male nudity. But the YouTube version above has been edited for content.