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Dov Charney, American Apparel CEO, accused of sexual assault in lawsuit

March 24, 2011 | 10:17 am

Dov Charney in 2008. The embattled chief executive of American Apparel, Dov Charney, has been sued by a former employee who says he sexually assaulted her "during what she believed to be a hiring interview" at his home.

lick to read the lawsuitCharney declined to comment on the suit filed Wednesday by Kimbra Lo in L.A. County Superior Court.

The complaint marks the second suit filed this month accusing him of sexual assault.

The complaint says Charney began sending Lo "sexual text messages" in July 2010, and that he called her and said "he was masturbating on the phone while they spoke."

According to the suit, Lo ignored his calls and messages until Charney offered her a modeling and photography job in December, inviting her to meet him in his home to discuss the position.

In a response, American Apparel said Charney's new accusers were colluding to "shake down" the CEO for money.

Read more about the lawsuit at the Times' blog Money and Company.


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Photo: Dov Charney in 2008. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times