Is The Dov starting to fight back? American Apparel CEO Dov Charney claims, via his lawyers, that 20-year-old Irene Morales was sending him naughty emails long before she filed a lawsuit against him for $260 million. According to the NY Post, Morales—who claims she was held as his sex slave—"appears more like a money-hungry vixen than a helpless victim" in the emails.
The 42-year-old Charney says she sent him at least 40 nude photos of herself in 2008, a year after she quit the company, with salacious text like, "Daddy's got a little naughty girl waiting for him." She allegedly also promised sex acts in exchange for money and clothes, and asked, "If you're not using one of the many laptops you have, would I be able to use it?" At one point she even begged for a job, "even at the Hoboken store."
The emails in question were sent under the name Irene Julia, but Charney's lawyer says they are one in the same. Morales' lawyer told the paper, "We have no way to verify the emails or photos in question or if it is just more of American Apparel's propaganda. However, it is not unusual for victims of sexual harassment or assault to grow so demoralized that they feel the only value they offer is as a sexual object."
This week another former employee, Kimbra Lo (pictured above), filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Charney. This morning she appeared on the Today show with her lawyer, who is also Morales' lawyer; he says Morales was forced to send the aforementioned emails.