‘He wanted to control me completely’: the models who accuse Gérald Marie of sexual assault

In the spring of 1980, Wendy Walsh and her mom flew to Paris from their house in a suburb of Toronto, Canada. Walsh was once 17, a straight-A pupil who excelled at maths. She was once additionally an aspiring style whose blond, blue-eyed, girl-next-door glance had already were given her spotted; at an area hairdressing tournament, a few stylists from a Paris salon had presented to ship her headshots to a number one style company, Paris Making plans. Letters and make contact with calls have been exchanged, and Walsh was once invited to Paris.

On the company’s workplaces, Walsh and her mom, Ellen, had been offered to the charismatic 30-year-old boss, Gérald Marie. Marie presented to take them to lunch. “So we went to a bit of outside bistro within the Position de l. a. Madeleine, across the nook from the company,” says Walsh, talking at the telephone from her house in Los Angeles. “It was once the primary time I ever had a croque monsieur, and he was once explaining what it was once. I realise now it’s a complicated grilled cheese sandwich. And I take into accout distinctly him fawning over my mom, and this was once unexpected to me. She have been an especially stunning lady in her early life, however lupus had left scars on her face.

“He reached over and was once stroking her hand, and one thing in my 17-year-old abdomen was once like, that is bizarre.” Later, of their resort room, Walsh recalls her mom pronouncing: “‘Oh, that guy is gorgeous, he’s going to maintain you.’ I glance again on it with grownup eyes, and I consider that is the best way that he groomed households. He lured women in by way of convincing them that by hook or by crook he could be this very protected mum or dad in their teenage daughter.”

Two months later, in June 1980, Walsh moved to Paris. “I used to be younger, I used to be naive, and I had stars in my eyes,” she says now. “I used to be now not scared one little bit, as a result of I relied on all of the adults who had been going to maintain me and make me a well-known style.”

Wendy Walsh, now 58, at home in Los Angeles.
Wendy Walsh, now 58, at house in Los Angeles. Photograph: Dylan Coulter/The Parent

Walsh, who’s now 58 and a revered US radio host, was once certainly one of dozens of hopefuls from throughout North The us and Europe who made the adventure to Paris in the summertime of 1980. Over the next a long time, hundreds of younger girls went to paintings for Marie and different businesses there, determined to make it as a style. However few was stars, and lots of weren’t sorted in the best way Walsh’s mom would have anticipated.

Inside weeks of arriving in Paris, Walsh says, she was once raped by way of Gérald Marie. A Parent particular investigation has discovered that she is certainly one of 8 girls who allege they had been sexually assaulted by way of Marie between 1980 and 1998. 4 are talking for the primary time.

Ultimate month, French prosecutors introduced that that they had opened an investigation into Marie, after a prison criticism from 4 girls: 3 former fashions, who’ve taken phase on this investigation, and Lisa Brinkworth, a journalist who says she was once sexually assaulted whilst running undercover for the BBC. Marie, who at 70 nonetheless works within the modelling business, denies the allegations. In a commentary to the Sunday Instances concerning the French investigation, he mentioned: “It will now not be suitable for me to remark right now at the allegations of ancient wrongdoing being made towards me, instead of to make it transparent that I categorically deny them.”

By the point Wendy Walsh got here to Paris in 1980, Marie have been at Paris Making plans for 5 years, reportedly after a temporary stint running as a dancer on native tv. The son of a clinic administrator, he temporarily earned a name as one of the crucial robust and well-connected brokers in Europe, a person who may make a style’s profession with the clicking of a finger or a choice to Style. In 1986, Paris Making plans merged with Elite Fashion Control, the company later credited with inventing the twiglet, and Marie was its Eu president. He ran the company along Elite founder John Casablancas, who was once primarily based in New York; in combination, they helped release the careers of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and others.

However in the back of the gloss and glamour of the 90s style international, Marie had established a name as a predator. Quite a few former fashions and business insiders have instructed the Parent his abusive behaviour was once “an open secret”, and a part of an ingrained tradition of exploitation on the center of the modelling international.

In Paris, Walsh was once assigned to Paris Making plans’s new-faces department, and despatched to “go-sees” with possible shoppers. Within the evenings, the now 18-year-old was once instructed to visit events that would possibly lend a hand her profession. “It will be wealthy previous playboys in very glamorous residences with large bowls of cocaine. Everyone inebriated. There was once no trade being accomplished, no photographers there,” she says.

Round six weeks in, Walsh was once instructed by way of a feminine booker that Marie sought after her to dye her hair brown, and she or he was once despatched to a hairdresser. That night time, she was once invited to a birthday party at which Marie could be provide. “The one instances I’d observed him have been within the company, conserving court docket,” Walsh says. On the birthday party, in a tiny rental, she discovered Marie sitting on a mattress. “He mentioned, ‘Come right here’, and he put his hand thru my hair, and he mentioned, ‘That is just right, that is what I love.’ And I believed he was once my boss, telling me I used to be going to get numerous paintings now.”

Primarily based alone studies, I consider those girls are telling the reality. It breaks my center and I love their braveness

Linda Evangelista

Day after today, on the company’s workplaces, Walsh was once instructed that Marie sought after to fulfill her once more, this time at his rental. “With the smart eyes of a adult, trade conferences don’t happen at residences at 9 o’clock at night time,” she says. “However while you’re 18 and believing all of the adults round you, you do exactly what you’re instructed. So I went.

“In Paris, you hit the sunshine transfer on the backside of the darkish stairway, you then paintings your method up. I stood outdoor his door, and I knocked and knocked till the lighting went out after 3 mins, and I used to be scrambling round in search of a transfer. I waited every other 3 mins, after which walked all of the method house.”

Again at her rental, the telephone rang. It was once her booker, telling her that Marie have been busy and that she must return: he was once ready. By means of then it was once 10pm, and Walsh had no cash for a cab. “And so once more, I stroll and stroll for 20 mins thru Paris at night time.”

Wendy Walsh in 1986.
Wendy Walsh in 1986. Photograph: courtesy of Wendy Walsh

Walsh knocked on Marie’s door. This time a tender style got here out, smiling and laughing. “She kissed him on each cheeks, mentioned good-bye. So then I went in, and he mentioned, ‘Oh, that woman, she’s certainly one of our fashions, and she or he’s having such a lot of issues along with her boyfriend. They all the time come to me about their boyfriend issues.’”

Marie poured her a pitcher of champagne and presented her hors d’oeuvres. He instructed Walsh that he had heard she was once Catholic, and that he was once, too. “It was once like, what was once going to occur was once OK, as a result of he was once a relied on individual in my membership or tribe.” Then, inside of mins, “his hand was once down my blouse, and he was once pronouncing to me, ‘You’re the handiest style within the company with huge breasts – I adore it.’ All I used to be considering was once, ‘If I make this guy indignant, I’ll by no means get paintings once more.’”

Walsh attempted to make excuses, telling Marie she wasn’t at the tablet, and bargaining with him, like “a candy, younger, naive woman who’s petrified of other people of energy, who tries to mention no, however doesn’t know the way”. She alleges that he took off her garments and anally raped her. “It harm and I take into accout something distinctly: I buried my face within the pillow and mentioned, ‘No’. It smelled of someone else’s fragrance.”

Afterwards, Walsh says, Marie grabbed a host of bananas from his kitchen, passed her one and requested if her roommate was once “the opposite Canadian” (Walsh was once sharing with every other younger style from Toronto). When she mentioned sure, he laughed and requested her to provide the lady a banana from him, she remembers. She arrived at her rental, and requested her roommate if she had additionally had intercourse with Marie. “That was once the one language I had for it then,” she says. Her roommate mentioned sure. The following time Walsh noticed Marie, he was once on the company with a male buddy. “He was once pointing to me and giggling,” she says. “It was once probably the most humiliating second.”

Walsh believes that a part of the explanation Marie was once ready to abuse new fashions like her was once the language barrier. “I didn’t meet one French style whilst I used to be there. We had been selected in particular as a result of we didn’t perceive the language, could be clear of house, and didn’t know what the hell was once happening. He had whole keep watch over.”

Quickly after the alleged rape, Walsh was once invited to accompany her booker on a glamorous-sounding go back and forth to Monte Carlo. However she had already been suggested towards travelling to the south of France by way of a extra a success style, over tea within the twentysomething’s courtyard lawn. The older style warned that this was once a global of rich males and their boats, and that unsuspecting fashions may finally end up being exploited. “Unhealthy issues occur there,” she was once instructed.

Jin poor health Dodd by no means were given the caution concerning the “unhealthy issues” that would occur within the south of France. Marie had invited the 19-year-old swim trainer to transport to Paris after assembly her in her place of birth of Los Angeles on a talent-spotting go back and forth. Her Californian agent instructed her it was once a good chance.

Jill Dodd in Paris in 1980.
Jill Dodd in Paris in 1980. Photograph: courtesy of Jill Dodd

Like Walsh, Dodd spent the spring of 1980 navigating the Paris Métro, and attending “go-sees” arrange by way of Paris Making plans. However after a number of weeks, she began to rack up money owed to the company, who weren’t handiest charging her charges, but additionally billing her for a dingy resort and her flight from California. After one lengthy day of rejections, Dodd remembers crying on a boulevard nook because it were given darkish, feeling exhausted.

On 23 April 1980, Marie requested Dodd, then 20, and her roommate out dancing. She felt hopeful: time spent along with her boss might be just right for her profession. She had observed Marie ship the women he preferred “directly to Style with out even an interview”. On the membership, she remembers dancing awkwardly, staring at her boss in his black leather-based jacket. He was once a assured dancer and she or he idea he seemed horny – a special individual from the “moody” supervisor she’d encountered on the place of job. Within the early hours, Dodd and her roommate went again to Marie’s rental. When her buddy left, she stayed on. Dodd says Marie kissed her and she or he recalls relishing the eye. “I’d handiest had one severe boyfriend at the moment.” When Marie presented to run her a bubble bathtub in his marble bath, she agreed, and afterwards joined him in his bed room to look at a John Wayne movie. However “impulsively”, she says, Marie raped her. “It came about so rapid,” she says. She shouted, “Forestall”, however he didn’t.

Within the days that adopted, Marie instructed Dodd he sought after to be her boyfriend, and scribbled her a notice (observed by way of the Parent) pronouncing: “I would like you to act once I’m away… don’t omit! Love, Gérald”. “I used to be so immature, and even supposing it was once rape, I used to be puzzled,” she says now. “I used to be like, ‘Oh, he does like me! He’s so robust.’”

Quickly afterwards, Dodd says, she found out that Marie had attempted to have intercourse along with her roommate; the previous roommate, who spoke to the Parent on situation of anonymity, confirms this. She added that, months later, Marie attempted once more. This time, she alleges, he tricked her into being on my own in a room with him; she felt the one method out was once to accomplish oral intercourse. “This guy had keep watch over of your existence. So you’re making him suppose you’re playing it – you then get the hell out.”

The billionaire Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi in 1996.
The billionaire Saudi palms broker Adnan Khashoggi in 1996. Photograph: Getty Pictures

When Dodd was once invited to Monte Carlo that summer time, she jumped on the alternative to take a wreck from go-sees. On her first night time, she went to a birthday party the place she was once offered by way of her Paris Making plans booker to Adnan Khashoggi, the Saudi billionaire palms broker, then mentioned to be the richest guy on the planet. The next day, Dodd says, she and the booker had been invited to stick the night time on his yacht, and presented their select from a closet stuffed with couture robes for the night time. That was once the beginning of a “dating” between Dodd and Khashoggi: “I used to be principally certainly one of his harem better halves for nearly two years,” she says now.

However it was once a extra transactional dating than she knew. “It wasn’t till the top of our dating that I came upon that he had paid to fulfill me,” Dodd says. “I used to be selected out of a host of images by way of Adnan.” She says she realised this when certainly one of Khashoggi’s assistants got here into their resort room one night time with a portfolio of images of girls. She says the assistant brazenly went during the pictures, asking whom he want to meet, and discussing charges between $35,000 and $50,000. She says Khashoggi, who died in 2017, later admitted that he had paid Paris Making plans to be offered to her. “It was once all a entrance. I have been manipulated and used.”

Ann Maguire was once on her first modelling shoot, in Rome, when she was once scouted by way of Marie. Maguire, from Virginia, was once 5ft 11in, with placing blue-green eyes, prime cheekbones and thick eyebrows; she was once steadily likened to Brooke Shields. She had simply became 18, and was once new to the arena of favor. “I used to be the jock, all the time sporty. I’d by no means even worn mascara sooner than,” she tells me now. She says Marie showered her with compliments and made her really feel “one million bucks”. He invited her to Paris and promised to get her paintings instantly. Maguire signed as much as Paris Making plans, and on 31 January 1980 moved into Marie’s spare room: she is certainly one of a number of former fashions the Parent has spoken to who had been submit in his rental. (Whilst Maguire, Walsh and Dodd all labored for Paris Making plans in 1980, they’ve by no means met or heard each and every different’s tales.)

Ann Maguire in 1985.
Ann Maguire in 1985. Photograph: Robert Christian

Maguire, now 60, has determined to talk for the primary time about what came about subsequent. To start with, she says, Marie was once captivating. “He would play nice track and connect nice foods, all this type of stuff… Then, because it grew right into a friendship, he proceeded to abuse that.” She alleges she was once raped a number of instances by way of Marie whilst residing in his rental, and that at night time he would forget about her pleas for him to forestall and “move slowly into mattress with me”. She recalls him “flaunting” different fashions he was once romantically concerned with, kissing them in entrance of her, or joking that their toothbrush was once in his rest room. In her pocket book on the time, which she nonetheless has, she scribbled: “Battle with Gérald” and “Too fats!”

In the end, Maguire snapped. “I mentioned, ‘Screw you, I’m going to get my very own rental.’” However after transferring into an rental with different fashions, she says her paintings stopped. She started busking along with her guitar, and someday returned house to discover a notice from Paris Making plans telling her she may not reside there. She says all her sneakers and her passport had been lacking, which she believes Marie took: “He sought after to keep watch over me utterly.” She started sound asleep on a bench in entrance of the Louvre.

A booker on the company organized for her to stick with every other guy, who she says additionally sexually abused her. Maguire needs now that she had reported the attacks to the police, however didn’t imagine it on the time “as a result of I used to be petrified of now not running once more”. She explains: “I believed they’d chortle at me. ‘You’re residing in his space, what do you are expecting?’ I additionally didn’t discuss French properly sufficient to provide an explanation for.”

On certainly one of a number of telephone calls with me, Maguire breaks down in tears; she tells me this can be a time of her existence she would somewhat omit. She returned house to Virginia and didn’t style once more for no less than every other yr.

Another former style, EJ Moran, says that once she was once in her 20s, she was once raped so violently by way of Marie that she feared for her existence. Now 61 and an writer, she remains to be terrified of him, 40 years on. One night time in the summertime of 1981, when she was once turning 22, she was once phoned by way of a booker at Paris Making plans to mention she needed to attend a dinner with Marie in an instant. “I truly didn’t need to pass,” she remembers. “However I felt coerced into it [by the booker].” Dodd and Walsh say the similar lady organized their night time conferences with Marie, and despatched them to events they didn’t need to pass to.

EJ Moran in 1981.
EJ Moran in 1981. Photograph: courtesy of EJ Moran

The booker “disappeared all of a sudden proper after dinner”, Moran remembers, and Marie persuaded her to head as much as his rental, which was once around the boulevard, so he may display her promotional movies for the company’s most famed fashions. “VCRs had been a brand new factor within the 80s,” she explains. Moran recalls she was once dressed in “lavender-coloured pumps, a white shirt and a forest-green sweater”, in addition to “mother denims”. All of sudden, she says, Marie raped her. “Prior to I realize it, I used to be thrown at the mattress. He took his open palm and smashed my face into the mattress.” He verbally abused her, in what she describes as “a horrible low voice”.

Afterwards, Moran says, the “debonair and captivating” Marie returned, asking her to stick the night time. She made an excuse about wanting to switch her touch lenses; she was once scared that if she wasn’t well mannered, he would harm her once more. Within the following days, she won a choice from the booker telling her she had a well-paid catalogue process in Belgium and had to get on a educate. Moran says now that she believes this was once “a message”: that in case you “play this sport and keep quiet, you’ll get all this paintings”. Different girls who instructed the Parent they had been sexually assaulted by way of Marie take into accout being presented profitable jobs within the days that adopted.

Ten years later, by way of 1991, the modelling business had hit its golden years, and Marie was once firmly at its helm. The unique supermodels, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford, had signed with Elite Fashion Control, then run by way of Marie along Elite US president John Casablancas. Elite had workplaces all over the world, from Tokyo to London; Marie now reportedly owned properties in Big apple, Saint-Tropez, Ibiza and Paris. He had additionally been married to Evangelista for greater than 4 years, telling an interviewer that he had left his earlier female friend, American style Christine Bolster, “inside the hour” of assembly Evangelista.

In 1991, the couple had been a number of the famous person visitors on the ultimate of Glance of the Yr, Elite’s annual world modelling contest, in New York. Evangelista wore her hair in a placing pink bob with a heavy fringe, and towered over Marie, who wore a black go well with and tie, his hair slicked again. Evangelista joined Naomi Campbell to provide a prize, whilst Marie sat with fellow judges Casablancas and Donald Trump within the target market.

Shawna Lee, then 15, in Paris in 1992.
Shawna Lee, then 15, in Paris in 1992. Photograph: courtesy of Shawna Lee

Canadian schoolgirl Shawna Lee was once a 15-year-old Glance of the Yr finalist the next yr. Within the weeks main as much as the 1992 contest, she was once despatched by way of Elite to Paris from her place of birth outdoor Toronto to increase her portfolio. She had already visited within the spring, staying in Marie and Evangelista’s flat whilst they had been on vacation. “She was once my idol,” Lee says now. “I used to be strolling round her rental and seeing those shoots she’d accomplished with [Vogue photographer] Peter Lindbergh, so it was once clearly beautiful thrilling.” This time, she was once submit in an rental with different fashions; however after a night out on the nightclub Les Bains Douches, Lee ended up again at Marie’s rental the place, she says, he raped her – an allegation revealed as a part of a Parent investigation into Glance of the Yr in March. Talking extra just lately from her house in Toronto, the place she works as a make-up artist, Lee provides: “What’s grossest is him asking me to position Linda’s T-shirt directly to sleep in, then pouncing on me.”

Evangelista divorced Marie in 1993, after setting apart from him the yr sooner than. Talking completely to the Parent, she mentioned: “Right through my dating with Gérald Marie, I knew not anything of those sexual allegations towards him, so I used to be not able to lend a hand those girls. Listening to them now, and primarily based alone studies, I consider that they’re telling the reality. It breaks my center, as a result of those are wounds that can by no means heal, and I love their braveness and power for talking up lately.”

On the time, Lee confided in a fellow style, and this were given again to Marie. She says he took her into his place of job and berated her for “going round pronouncing I raped you”, suggesting her profession could be at the line. She says he instructed her: “What else are you going to do? Return house and turn burgers?” Different body of workers on the company came upon: “It was once simply understood that it was once in my highest pursuits to sweep it underneath the rug.”

A minimum of 5 girls the Parent spoke to mention they skilled sexual misconduct from different males who labored with or for Marie. Lee says that once Marie raped her, a Paris Elite scout and buddy of Marie instructed her that the 2 males have been competing over “who was once going to get your virginity”. She says the scout was once “roughly mad that he [Marie] were given it first.”

Lee, then 15, went directly to have a sexual dating with the scout, which on the time she idea was once consensual. As an grownup, she’s now not so positive: “It was once unquestionably an abuse of energy.” The Parent has spoken to 2 different former Elite fashions, then 15 and 17, who allege they had been sexually assaulted by way of the similar scout, and one, then 19, who says he raped her.

Swedish model Ebba Karlsson.
Swedish style Ebba Karlsson in 1989. Photograph: courtesy of Ebba Karlsson

Swedish style Ebba Karlsson, who was once 20 in 1990, alleges she was once raped that yr by way of a special Elite scout, and that, days later, she was once offered to Marie. Karlsson says that once she arrived at his place of job, the very first thing he did was once decrease the blinds. “There was once a window between his place of job and people within the company,” she explains. She says Marie then took her during the portfolios of well-known fashions he represented and requested her if she knew what they did to develop into a success. Then, she says, “All of sudden, his hand was once inside of my vagina. It was once so fast and abrupt, I completely iced up.” After the assembly, she sat down at the “first to be had bench” and cried, feeling “ashamed and in surprise”.

On every other instance, Karlsson agreed to visit a “casting” at Marie’s rental. He had instructed her she had numerous movie possible as a result of she spoke a number of languages. The opposite fashions there seemed more youthful than her, she says, most likely 16 or 17, and a few had been residing in his rental. “Some had been in poor health, that they had colds or one thing, and didn’t glance nice.” She and the others had been instructed to take off their garments, don prime heels, then stroll and pose for Marie and two different males. “They sought after to peer our boobs. And I don’t know if that was once the typical apply, but it surely was once like a meat marketplace. It was once terrible.”

A film by no means materialised, and Karlsson went again to Sweden once she was once ready, returning to her process on the Frame Store. “Marie took my energy away,” Karlsson says now. “I used to be robust sooner than, I may give protection to myself. However after that, I used to be only a shaking leaf.”

In 2011, the twiglet Carré Otis revealed a memoir, Good looks, Disrupted, which integrated claims that she was once many times raped by way of Marie when she was once 17. In an interview with the Parent, Otis says it began round 1986, the yr Paris Making plans merged with Elite. She was once staying in Marie and Evangelista’s rental; it was once the early days of his dating with the twiglet. “Linda was once perhaps a bit of bit older than me,” Otis remembers. “She was once hovering, she was once already a celebrity within the sky.” But if Evangelista was once out of the city, “he attacked me in the course of the night time”, she says. “I used to be in poor health and I had a fever. That was once the start of many such assaults.”

Otis went directly to develop into an vastly a success style, and was once married to the actor Mickey Rourke, her co-star within the 1989 movie Wild Orchid. However within the mid-1980s, like the opposite girls interviewed for this investigation, she was once nonetheless pounding the pavements in search of paintings. In her e book, Otis writes that Marie instructed her she had to drop extra weight, giving her “a small brown glass vial of cocaine on a daily basis… this was once the important thing to style weight control”. She says now: “It was once made very transparent that, if I sought after to make it, I must care for his advances. That persisted till I in truth did say no, after which my paintings stopped.” Otis is likely one of the 4 girls whose court cases caused the French investigation, in conjunction with Karlsson, Dodd and journalist Lisa Brinkworth.

Model and actor Carré Otis.
Fashion and actor Carré Otis. Photograph: Getty Pictures

Otis says she was once additionally abused by way of others linked to Marie or his company. She alleges she was once raped in her resort room by way of a hairdresser on a shoot organized by way of Elite. She believes that Marie and different Elite brokers had been earning money by way of sending fashions on journeys the place there was once “no exact paintings”, or to events with rich males who had no connection to the business. “I used to be unquestionably pimped out,” she says. For Dodd – who says she was once sexually assaulted at a birthday party she was once despatched to by way of Paris Making plans, and by way of every other guy on a shoot organized by way of the company – this was once “out within the open” in 1980. “There have been most of these gives of, ‘For those who pass in this go back and forth, it’s a must to sleep with the photographer,’” she says. “It was once mentioned out loud.”

It was once simply this type of go back and forth – to Monte Carlo – that Wendy Walsh had refused to make, again in the summertime of 1980. As a substitute, the 18-year-old Canadian wrote to her oldsters from Paris, a letter they stored and which she now has. Studying it now, her disillusionment is obvious: “I refuse to hang out of their social circles, and act like a prostitute to get paintings,” she wrote in what Walsh describes as her “swirly, little-girl handwriting”. “Sadly, up to I want it weren’t so, I’ve found out that this trade operates on a wholly social stage. For those who don’t cooperate, you get stepped on.”

Marie Anderson, who labored for Elite between 1983 and 1990, says that to know how Marie was once ready to break out together with his alleged behaviour, one has to take hold of the “whole keep watch over” style businesses had all through this period. “It was once like a cult mentality,” she says. Anderson, who labored for Elite Chicago, first as a booker and later as vice-president, says she recalls a minimum of six other fashions telling her that Marie have been sexually irrelevant with them, however they swore her to secrecy, “terrified” that they’d forestall getting paintings in the event that they complained.

She remembers overhearing Trudi Tapscott, an government at Elite in New York from 1984 to 1991, and every other agent, tearfully pleading with Marie and Casablancas to forestall sound asleep with underage fashions, a while within the overdue 80s. Anderson says she may handiest warn others towards running in Paris: “I want I may have accomplished extra.”

Tapscott, who remains to be a style scout, started running for Elite on the age of 23. She says: “I used to be just a little bit older than the fashions, and likewise taken in by way of the glamour. We didn’t have the language then to understand that this was once mistaken, and although we did, who would we record it to? We had been like a circle of relatives and there was once no HR division; this was once the tradition that secure those males. I’ve super be apologetic about about now not doing extra on the time.”

Gérald Marie with Elite Model Look contestants in Nice in 2001.
Gérald Marie with Elite Fashion Glance contestants in Great in 2001. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Pictures

Many of the fashions who spoke to the Parent didn’t inform their brokers about their alleged abuse, for worry it might get again to Marie. Walsh talks in the case of “mental shackles”. “I used to be trapped by way of the truth that they’d gotten me into debt in an instant,” she says. “And you then had your oldsters at house with stars of their eyes going, ‘Ship us footage, honey, let us know the way it’s going, we need to inform everyone about our well-known little woman!’ And also you simply didn’t need to let down your oldsters. You didn’t need to be a failure. What a terrible catch-22 to position a youngster in.”

In 1999, it seemed as though Marie’s alleged behaviour had stuck up with him when a BBC investigation reportedly filmed him pronouncing he was hoping to seduce the contestants at Elite Fashion Glance (the brand new identify for Glance of the Yr), in addition to providing an undercover journalist cash for intercourse. Within the wake of the allegations, he was once suspended from Elite; in an interview on the time, he mentioned: “I’m destroyed… I’m completed.”

However Elite introduced a libel motion towards the BBC, arguing that the record was once “dishonestly edited”; the company effectively made the case that Marie have been arrange by way of the team. The case was once settled, the BBC apologised and conceded that its portrayal was once unfair. The movie disappeared and Marie was once reinstated, proceeding to run Elite Fashion Glance for lots of extra years.

Other people ask how I were given courageous. I say: I’m a girl of a definite age. What I imply is, I discovered the exhausting method. Gérald Marie ready me

After years of economic mismanagement, Elite was once pressured out of business in 2004, splitting into two separate businesses, owned by way of other company entities, which nonetheless perform lately. Marie is assumed to have persisted running with the New York department of Elite, Ingenious International Control, till as just lately as 2011. The corporate declined to remark, however a spokesperson instructed the Parent in March that it condemns the varieties of “deplorable behaviour” purported to have taken position at Elite up to now.

In the meantime, a spokesperson for Elite International Team mentioned: “We discover those alleged prison acts egregious and abhorrent. Gérald Marie’s contract with Elite Fashion Control resulted in December 2010, and the corporate was once bought in 2011 to its present homeowners Elite International Team, for whom Marie hasn’t ever labored. Elite International Team is dedicated to offering a protected atmosphere for our fashions, and does now not tolerate any type of abuse, harassment, discrimination and/or gender bias.”

In 2012, Marie joined Oui Control, a prestigious Paris company whose fashions entrance Louis Vuitton campaigns and Style mag covers. He stays an investor in Oui, which is registered in the United Kingdom: corporate paperwork filed in August this yr state that Marie remains to be a “individual with important keep watch over” over Oui Control Ltd.

Marie with his then wife, Linda Evangelista, at the 1991 Elite Look of the Year contest in New York.
Marie together with his then spouse, Linda Evangelista, on the 1991 Elite Glance of the Yr contest in New York. Photograph: Ron Galella/Getty Pictures

Even supposing Marie has claimed he’s retired, business insiders who paintings with Oui Control say that till just lately he had a “hands-on” function. One supply has proven the Parent emails that point out Marie was once accompanying fashions on castings with photographers as just lately as final yr. Marie’s LinkedIn web page, which he just lately deleted, had indexed his duties on the “thriving newcomer” company as scouting for and managing proficiency. Oui Control has instructed the Parent that Marie isn’t lately an worker.

Now married to a Russian style, Marie splits his time between Paris and his house in Ibiza, which in keeping with an area paper has “the most productive French wine cellar at the island”. Responding to the brand new allegations put to him by way of the Parent, his attorneys mentioned that he was once “extraordinarily suffering from the accusations made towards him, which he contests with the maximum firmness… He intends to actively take part within the manifestation of the reality inside the scope of the opened prison investigation.”

Is the predatory tradition of the modelling business within the 1980s and 1990s a factor of the previous? Each Anderson and Tapscott say that there’s nonetheless a power to “keep silent” – person who applies to brokers, too. Anderson says: “I will be able to’t get a role within the modelling trade to any extent further, as a result of I’ve been ostracised for speaking out about these items.” She provides that it “speaks volumes” that Marie remains to be concerned with an company lately. “It’s case in point that the cult-like mentality nonetheless exists, and the code of silence stays.”

In the meantime, the 8 girls who spoke to the Parent say that, even 30 to 40 years after their alleged abuse, the affect on their lives has been lasting. Walsh, Dodd, Lee and Otis all battled consuming problems in consequence, and several other accusers went directly to revel in issues of alcohol or medicine.

Otis left Paris in 1987, transferring to a farm in northern California for a number of months to get as “some distance clear of [modelling] as imaginable”. But if her cash began to expire, she approached a small company in San Francisco and were given a couple of jobs. “It felt protected and strong and customary,” she says. “You knew you had been going to get off at 5.” From there, her profession took off. In 1988, she did an American Style duvet shoot with Evangelista, the primary ever to characteristic two fashions, during which they posed in combination on a Greek seaside in matching jumpers and black caps, smiling and giggling. (There is not any recommendation that Evangelista was once acutely aware of the allegations towards her husband on the time.) In 1991, Otis was the face of Calvin Klein and joined Evangelista as some of the international’s maximum recognisable fashions; not like many different girls the Parent has spoken to for this investigation, she discovered luck with out Gérald Marie.

Dodd, who’s now 60, was a a success businesswoman (she is the founding father of the surf emblem Roxy) and lives along with her husband and 3 kids within the north Californian nation-state. “I made it out,” she says, even if she stresses that the years that adopted weren’t simple.

Wendy Walsh
Wendy Walsh took some extent in journalism and a PhD in scientific psychology, and is now a broadcaster. Photograph: Dylan Coulter/The Parent

Walsh recalls crying down the telephone to her oldsters in 1980, asking them to get her house for the summer time, after which again to university. “I used to be sitting in my mom’s basement, affected by despair, now not figuring out what that was once on the time,” she says. “I used to be simply consuming and crying.” She says she is coming ahead now, “as a result of I consider that is nonetheless an issue for ladies within the business lately, and it wishes to forestall.”

After gaining some extent in journalism and later a PhD in scientific psychology, Walsh was a a success broadcaster. In 2017, she was once the primary lady to head public with sexual harassment allegations towards Fox Information host Invoice O’Reilly. Walsh instructed a New York Instances investigation that, when she was once a standard visitor on The O’Reilly Consider 2013, he reneged on a verbal be offering to safe her a profitable place after she declined a call for participation to his resort suite. He was once later sacked by way of Fox after it emerged he had paid 5 girls tens of thousands and thousands of greenbacks to settle more than a few sexual harassment court cases. On the time, O’Reilly mentioned there was once no benefit to the allegations. “I by no means mistreated someone,” he mentioned, including that he had resolved issues privately to give protection to his kids from exposure.

Walsh is now a professional psychotherapist and hosts the Dr Wendy Walsh radio display. “Other people say, ‘How had been you so courageous to simply pass, “No”, to this robust guy who presented you a significant process on tv in The us?’” she says. “And what I mentioned in all of the press meetings is that I’m a girl of a definite age, I’ve had some existence revel in. However what I truly intended is, I discovered the exhausting method. What came about with Gérald Marie ready me for what came about with Invoice O’Reilly, 30 years later. What I discovered when I used to be 18 was once to by no means pass to the non-public quarters of any robust guy, whether or not he held your paycheck or now not.”

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