Suit Against American Apparel's Chief Perv Goes to Trial

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American Apparel CEO Dov Charney is accused of being a total skeez.
If you're cruising by the Cleveland Heights outpost of American Apparel (782 Coventry Road, 216-320-1761) today, don't bother asking employees about the sexual harassment lawsuit that goes to court this week against their CEO, Dov Charney. Apparently their opinions on the issue could get them canned, no matter how hot and sexy they look in fushia colored briefs. CEO Charney is accused, legally speaking, of being a perv. His list of faults includes conducting interviews in his underwear, hiring chicks he wanted to bed, and handing out a vibrator to help one female employee's libido. The dude also looks like a caricature sketch of a 1970s coke-blowing fiend, a hairy crossbreed of Steve Buscemi and a rodent. But for some reason that's not in the lawsuit. ... In many ways, Charney embodies the lifestyle he sells. He grew his company with a slick advertising campaign that attempted to show normal-looking people in cotton, not just models in silk separates, can be the object of desire. He also uses utopian business practices to get customers to buy in to buying his stuff. People can feel good about buying their slim-cut shirts knowing the folks who made them receive double the minimum wage -- that's the theory. But even with his 100-percent U.S.-made line, it looks like Charney's penchant for all-out weirdness may have finally caught up with him. On Coventry -- where an Apparel store opened in 2006 -- no one, it seems, has been party to boss's pervy ways. One employee, after much convincing, did divulge to C-Notes that while Charney continually makes the rounds of his stores, located in places like Paris and Berlin, his travels have yet to land him in Cleveland. “I don’t know,” one employee said. “Maybe someday he’ll come here.” The ladies, no doubt, are crossing their leg-warmers. -- Bradley Campbell

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