Warning: This text comprises 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 mannequin early final yr. 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 at the moment embroiled in a high-profile lawsuit filed in January by a former Guess mannequin, anonymously recognized as “Jane Doe,” who claimed he compelled her to carry out oral intercourse on him in February 2020. Marciano and Guess denied the claims.
After studying The Day by day Beast’s protection of the saga—which now contains allegations that Guess and Marciano are attempting to “silence” the ex-model—and noticing some similarities to her personal expertise, Toal stated she determined it was time to go public together with her personal story. “I noticed [the news] about this new accuser,” she stated, “and I believed, ‘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 instructed my mother I really feel actually sh*tty and unhealthy 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 positioned in Beverly Hills, simply off Rodeo Drive. Maurice, who was in his thirties on the time, requested Toal out on a date after which supplied her a job on the retailer. Toal accepted each, and started seeing Maurice a minimum of as soon as every 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 workplaces downtown. A photograph supplied to The Day by day Beast exhibits Toal in 1983, carrying an all-white Guess outfit she stated Maurice gifted her.
In September of that yr, Toal stated, she stayed at Maurice’s home in a single day and left her automotive. The elder Marciano brother organized for Paul, the longer term Guess CEO, to select her up after work and convey her again to Maurice’s home to retrieve her automotive.
When Paul arrived to offer her a elevate, Toal stated, “he assaulted me in his automotive within the parking zone behind the shop.”
She recalled the alleged incident in harrowing element: “We’re leaving the shop and stepping into his automotive, a crimson Ferrari, a Ferrari 308, within the again 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 direction of the dashboard of the automotive. He’s pushing my face, rubbing it up and down, and I saved saying, ‘You’re alleged 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 attempting 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 be able to 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 already know what actually sticks in my head?” she stated. “The tune ‘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 instructed 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 obtained 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 instructed anybody else of the alleged assault on the time aside from a buddy with whom she’s lengthy since fell out of contact (The Day by day Beast was unable to get in touch with the lady), and her personal mom, Betty Toal, who corroborated that her daughter instructed 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 principally 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 instructed my mother I really feel actually shitty and unhealthy about myself, and I started consuming to manage. My mother was actually understanding. It had an enormous psychological twist of how males considered girls: Are we just a few form of sexual object and we don’t deserve any type of respect? I held it in as a result of I used to be so ashamed.”
Toal’s mom confirmed to The Day by 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 question 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 positive so long as this man is allowed to roam, he’ll damage different girls.”
“He’s only a sexual predator. As an alternative of getting him assist, they’re like, ‘Oh properly, 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 in opposition to Marciano, Toal confided in one other buddy, Barbara Boungard, about her alleged assault. Boungard corroborated to The Day by day Beast that Toal instructed her of the incident intimately over a dinner in June of final yr. “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 not press costs in opposition to Marciano, as a result of 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 Day by day Beast that the grievance was filed however couldn’t remark additional attributable to it being an open investigation.
Toal is the most recent 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 price 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 compelled kissing and touching—a grievance that was dismissed, presumably due to an out-of-court settlement, The New York Occasions reported.
Marciano has denied all allegations in opposition to him and, lower than a yr after he stepped down, Guess quietly reinstated him in January 2019 as a chief artistic officer, regardless of an inside probe concluding he had exercised “poor judgment” and put “himself in conditions wherein believable allegations of improper conduct might, and did, come up.”
Earlier this yr, the previous mannequin anonymously recognized in court docket as Jane Doe sued Guess and Marciano, claiming he enticed her to an empty house 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 an alternative of getting him assist, they’re like, ‘Oh properly, 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 return ahead within the hopes that by demonstrating Marciano’s alleged “predatory” habits goes again a minimum of 4 a long time she will be able to forestall additional abuse.
“I preserve considering how predatory males might be in direction of younger girls. I instructed my daughter when she was a young person… don’t be alone in a automotive with somebody you don’t know or belief and you’ve got to have the ability to shield your self,” she stated. “I’m positive 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 girls who haven’t come ahead which can be workers that labored there,” Toal added. “I don’t have a horse on this race. I don’t need a dime from their soiled cash… There’s nothing on this for me aside from letting individuals know this has been occurring for a really very long time. I do need different girls to be shielded from him.”