Warning: This text accommodates graphic descriptions of sexual assault.
Guess co-founder Paul Marciano now faces a bevy of sexual-misconduct accusations, together with a lawsuit claiming he assaulted a former model early final 12 months. None of this has been shocking to Eileen Toal, who’s coming ahead for the primary time to allege the style mogul sexually assaulted her in 1983, when she was simply 18 years previous.
Marciano is presently embroiled in a high-profile lawsuit filed in January by a former Guess mannequin, anonymously recognized as “Jane Doe,” who claimed he pressured her to carry out oral intercourse on him in February 2020. Marciano and Guess denied the claims.
After studying The Daily Beast’s coverage of the saga—which now contains allegations that Guess and Marciano try to “silence” the ex-model—and noticing some similarities to her personal expertise, Toal stated she determined it was time to go public along with her personal story. “I noticed [the news] about this new accuser,” she stated, “and I assumed, ‘Oh my god, how is that this man nonetheless sexually assaulting girls?’ It’s stunning.”
Marciano and Guess didn’t reply to requests for touch upon Toal’s allegations.
“I advised my mother I really feel actually sh*tty and dangerous about myself, and I started consuming to manage. ”
— Eileen Toal
Toal stated she met Maurice Marciano, Paul’s older brother, whereas procuring on the household’s clothes boutique, MGA (acronym for Marciano brothers Maurice, Georges, and Armand), which was then situated in Beverly Hills, simply off Rodeo Drive. Maurice, who was in his thirties on the time, requested Toal out on a date after which provided her a job on the retailer. Toal accepted each, and started seeing Maurice at the least as soon as per week, she recalled.
“I began [work] simply after I turned 18 years previous. Maurice and I noticed Flashdance about mid-April of 1983. My birthday is March 28. I had simply turned 18,” Toal recounted. She labored at MGA for roughly 5 months whereas Maurice labored on the Guess places of work downtown. A photograph offered to The Every day Beast reveals Toal in 1983, sporting an all-white Guess outfit she stated Maurice gifted her.
In September of that 12 months, Toal stated, she stayed at Maurice’s home in a single day and left her automotive. The elder Marciano brother organized for Paul, the long run Guess CEO, to select her up after work and produce her again to Maurice’s home to retrieve her automotive.
When Paul arrived to provide her a carry, Toal stated, “he assaulted me in his automotive within the car parking zone behind the shop.”
She recalled the alleged incident in harrowing element: “We’re leaving the shop and moving into his automotive, a pink Ferrari, a Ferrari 308, within the again car parking zone. I believe he’s reaching for his keys and he was really unzipping his pants and he was totally erect at the moment. I turned my head in the direction of the dashboard of the automotive. He’s pushing my face, rubbing it up and down, and I stored saying, ‘You’re purported to be taking me to your brother’s.’”
Toal continued: “It was lower than a minute and he had his forearm on my head as I used to be making an attempt to get out and he ejaculated. He ejaculated on my hair, and behind him within the automotive there was a hand towel—prefer it was all deliberate. He gave me a hand towel to wipe myself off. I stated nothing.”
Toal stated she will recall small particulars—38 years later—from the incident, together with the music that performed within the automotive as Paul drove her to her automotive after allegedly assaulting her. “You recognize what actually sticks in my head?” she stated. “The track ‘Allegria’ by the Gipsy Kings. It was enjoying as we drove again to Maurice’s. It’s like a soundtrack to a nasty film. To at the present time, I nonetheless cringe if I hear the Gipsy Kings.”
Upon arriving at Maurice’s home, Toal stated, she knowledgeable her boyfriend what occurred. The elder Marciano brother was dismissive.
“I went into Maurice’s home and advised Maurice, and he stated, ‘That’s simply Paul.’ Maurice shook it off. I used to be like, ‘Are you severe? Are you kidding me?’ He shrugged his shoulders and shook his head as if there’s nothing he might do about it, like he was resigned about it like that’s simply Paul.
“I used to be so disgusted. I bought in my automotive. I by no means answered calls from Maurice. I by no means went again to work.”
Maurice Marciano didn’t reply to requests for touch upon this story.
Toal stated she by no means advised anybody else of the alleged assault on the time apart from a pal with whom she’s lengthy since fell out of contact (The Every day Beast was unable to get involved with the girl), and her personal mom, Betty Toal, who corroborated that her daughter advised her of the alleged incident in 1983.
“I didn’t inform anybody at the moment as a result of I used to be humiliated and embarrassed. This man mainly jerked off in my hair. I used to be 18 and grossed out… I discussed to my mother I used to be sexually assaulted.” Toal continued, “I advised my mother I really feel actually shitty and dangerous about myself, and I started consuming to manage. My mother was actually understanding. It had a giant psychological twist of how males considered girls: Are we just a few type of sexual object and we don’t deserve any sort of respect? I held it in as a result of I used to be so ashamed.”
Toal’s mom confirmed to The Every day Beast that after the incident, her daughter referred to as her and stated she’d been sexually assaulted. “She was very upset. Her father and I drove to West Los Angeles and picked her up,” Betty Toal stated. “I’ve little doubt it occurred to her. This man must be stopped. He’s able the place he can get away with it. My daughter was not a mannequin. I’m certain so long as this man is allowed to roam, he’ll damage different girls.”
“He’s only a sexual predator. As a substitute of getting him assist, they’re like, ‘Oh nicely, what are you going to do? That’s simply Paul the predator.’”
— Eileen Toal
Years after the alleged assault, however previous to Jane Doe’s lawsuit towards Marciano, Toal confided in one other pal, Barbara Boungard, about her alleged assault. Boungard corroborated to The Every day Beast that Toal advised her of the incident intimately over a dinner in June of final 12 months. “Suppose what number of different victims are on the market if he’s been doing this all of those years,” she added. “This man must be managed. Perhaps he’ll assume twice earlier than he will get rapey once more.”
Whereas Toal can’t press fees towards Marciano, because of the statute of limitations within the state of California, she filed a police report with the Beverly Hills Police Division earlier this month. A division spokesperson confirmed to The Every day Beast that the criticism was filed however couldn’t remark additional as a result of it being an open investigation.
Toal is the newest lady to accuse the Guess mogul of sexual harassment or assault over the previous few a long time. In June 2018, Marciano resigned as CEO after Guess paid $500,000 value of settlements to 4 girls who’d accused him of misconduct and famed supermodel Kate Upton publicly claimed he groped and forcibly kissed her when she was 18 years previous. A decade prior, a former Guess mannequin sued Marciano alleging pressured kissing and touching—a criticism that was dismissed, presumably due to an out-of-court settlement, The New York Times reported.
Marciano has denied all allegations towards him and, lower than a 12 months after he stepped down, Guess quietly reinstated him in January 2019 as a chief inventive officer, regardless of an inside probe concluding he had exercised “poor judgment” and put “himself in conditions through which believable allegations of improper conduct might, and did, come up.”
Earlier this 12 months, the previous mannequin anonymously recognized in courtroom as Jane Doe sued Guess and Marciano, claiming he enticed her to an empty condo in February 2020 on the promise of profession development however as an alternative used the chance to pressure her to carry out oral intercourse on him.
Doe additional alleged that “Guess prioritizes earnings over the protection of its fashions.” By bringing Paul Marciano again to work, she stated, the clothes model enabled his misconduct. However Marciano’s associates enabling his habits goes again a long time, Toal insisted. “I believe by Maurice’s response when it occurred to me, they’ve enabled it. He’s only a sexual predator. As a substitute of getting him assist, they’re like, ‘Oh nicely, what are you going to do? That’s simply Paul the predator.’”
And so Toal, now a California-based real-estate skilled with two daughters, stated she determined to come back ahead within the hopes that by demonstrating Marciano’s alleged “predatory” habits goes again at the least 4 a long time she will forestall additional abuse.
“I hold considering how predatory males might be in the direction of younger girls. I advised my daughter when she was a teen… don’t be alone in a automotive with somebody you don’t know or belief and you’ve got to have the ability to defend your self,” she stated. “I’m certain that’s why there’s not 500 girls who haven’t stated something about Paul during the last 40 years as a result of they’re embarrassed. He’s a repeat offender and he’s preying on younger, weak girls who don’t have that mindset or braveness to deal with these conditions.
“There should be a gaggle of ladies who haven’t come ahead which might be staff that labored there,” Toal added. “I don’t have a horse on this race. I don’t desire a dime from their soiled cash… There’s nothing on this for me apart from letting folks know this has been occurring for a really very long time. I do need different girls to be shielded from him.”