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Models, Time's Up Join Forces Against Victoria's Secret After Epstein Connection
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Over 100 models signed an open letter published Tuesday calling on Victoria’s Secret CEO John Mehas to provide better protections for its models and contractors against sexual harassment, assault, abuse and sex trafficking. The letter, drafted by fashion advocacy group Model Alliance in partnership with Time’s Up, was signed by former Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes, supermodels Christy Turlington Burns and Carolyn Murphy, actress and model Milla Jovovich and many more.

“We are writing today to express our concern for the safety and wellbeing of the models and young women who aspire to model for Victoria’s Secret,” the later begins. “In the past few weeks, we have heard numerous allegations of sexual assault, alleged rape, and sex trafficking of models and aspiring models.” In recent weeks, reports have surfaced linking Victoria’s Secret to disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein reportedly posed as a company model scout on many occasions, according to the New York Times, and used the fake title to lure a woman to his hotel room and grope her. Les Wexner, the founder and CEO of L Brands (the parent company of Victoria’s Secret), has also maintained a close personal and professional relationship with Epstein over the years.

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