"As soon as I walked in with photographer Yu Tsai, Paul came straight up to me, forcibly grabbed my breasts and started feeling them - playing with them, actually. After I pushed him away, he said, 'I'm making sure they're real, '" she claims.
As the meeting went on, she claimed he continued to touch her in a "very dominating and aggressive way".
"I remember not wanting to say 'Get off of me, ' " Upton recounted, "because I didn't want to open my mouth to say anything because I didn't want him to be able to put his tongue in my mouth". I constantly blamed myself after it happened: "What am I doing to invite someone to treat me like that or grab me like that?"
"He specifically told me about Kate Upton and how he spotted her and made her famous". "I think what she's doing is unbelievable and I think that being able to speak out and speak up is important". "Do everything I could to wiggle away and avoid his pursuit, or punch the CEO of Guess". That the campaign never materialized, but Shannon says Marciano did frequently request nude photos from her over text.
She stopped communicating with him past year.
CNN reached out to Marciano again on Friday to comment on Upton's GMA remarks. Upton previously told Time magazine that Tsai was sacked "in what seemed to be retaliation" for his acting as a buffer for her. "I think change comes from the top, but he's been there for years so it's more than just firing him to change the culture inside the offices".
She claimed following the alleged incident, Marciano tried to contact her, and she refused his advances.
What happened between her and Marciano went on, Shannon narrated, as Marciano promised her a striving and high-flying career, as well as a Guess partnership.
"I was 18 years old and everybody around me is pushing me to not tell my story, it's better to keep things in the dark because everyone is incentivized by me getting on set, the agents, everybody gets paid if I show up on set".
After Upton's disclosures, Marciano sent a statement to TMZ, saying in part, "This accusation is false".
She told The Blast: "He forced himself on me". Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner. But she said Marciano was "outwardly rude and degrading", and told the crew, "get that fat pig off my set". "I hate him", Shannon added. She then described the two having sexual intercourse.
News of the investigation came shortly after former Playmate Kristina Shannon accused Marciano of sexual assault, claiming he dropped Kate Upton's name in an effort to allegedly coerce her into sexual acts.
"I will not allow others to defame me and tarnish my reputation".