Garment designer in court over sex scandal
The clothing designer who made fashion statements such as a “no-pants” sweater and a “pink shirt” is being sued by a former employee, her former co-worker, a former stylist and a former photographer for an online clothing brand.
Fritz Rucker is accused of making a false sexual-harassment claim against designer Sarah Hickey, who was a senior stylist at Filson Fashion Group in New York City.
Hickey and Rucker have both declined to comment, citing the ongoing litigation.
The suit claims that Hickey was paid $1,500 per month for her work, and that she received an email from Rucker claiming to be from the “Director of Sales” and “The Director of Photography.”
A spokesperson for Filson declined to say whether the company was paying Hickey for work, citing confidentiality.
The lawsuit alleges that the “director of photography” was a woman and “was in fact Sarah Hester.”
In a statement to the magazine, Filson said, “We have no comment on the allegations, and we are fully cooperating with the legal process.”
Rucker did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.
The former stylists also declined to speak.
The lawsuits alleges that Rucker’s alleged sexual misconduct was “part of a systematic effort to harass female employees,” including by pressuring them to perform sexually explicit acts or “engage in unwanted sexual activity” while under Rucker, according to the lawsuit.
The claims are being filed by a Manhattan criminal defense attorney, who says he plans to file a lawsuit against Rucker.
The allegations in the lawsuits have not been proven in court.
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