Sex pest Halloween costume Dov Charney has been given his marching orders from the manufacturer of the deep V-neck tees preferred by more queens and entry level hipsters alike, American Apparel – the ‘vertically-integrated’ global brand he created from a single store in LA, presided over and until today was the proud CEO of.
Charney’s excommunication from the status of porny high priest in the church of smutty basics marks the end of a tenure notable for its controversy: for several high-profile sexual assault lawsuits; for allegations of employee abuse and sexual misconduct; for haemorrhaging cash and for collaborating with chic dawgs. That last one was not so controversial as it was wonderful.
Per a statement issued by the company [via the Wall Street Journal], the Board of Directors this afternoon voted to remove Charney, a task in which they took “no joy, but felt it was the right thing to do.” Said newly appointed chairman of the board, Allan Mayer, “Dov Charney created American Apparel, but the Company has grown much larger than any one individual and we are confident that its greatest days are still ahead.”
“We have one of the best known and most relevant brands in the world, with employees who are second to none; I believe we have a very exciting future,” added interim CEO John Luttrell, inadvertently referencing the company’s [alleged, unspoken] no fugs policy.
Somewhere on the east coast of America, Terry Richardson weeps inexplicably.
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