Dov Charney is out again at American Apparel. The clothing company announced on Tuesday that the skeevy former CEO was fired "for cause" from his role as a consultant, a position he's held since July. In June, Charney was terminated as chairman after the company compiled a long list of his alleged offenses, including sexual harassment, misuse of company funds, and racist comments.
Notoriously skeevy American Apparel founder Dov Charney was fired in mid-June for a long list of reasons, including allegedly misusing company funds, engaging in and covering up sexual harassment, and leaking nude photos of the woman who claims she was his sex slave. But the Charney-American Apparel breakup apparently didn't stick—the company is bringing him back as a consultant.
Ousted American Apparel founder and jaunty dick-swinger Dov Charney, as anyone would expect, is mounting a lawsuit against the board of directors who terminated him from his position as chairman. The American Apparel board terminated Charney "with cause" last week, and according to the letter they sent him ahead of his firing, Dov Charney is (surprise!) an expensive problem for a struggling clothing company to have.
UPDATE: The video that originally accompanied this post as been removed following a copyright claim.
A year ago, pervy American Apparel founder Dov Charney was sued for a quarter of a billion dollars (ha) by Irene Morales, a former employee who claimed that he forced her to have sex with him in exchange for her employment at AA. After she filed her suit, a whole bunch of X-rated text messages and photos (see pic, for example) that she sent to Charney became public, seriously undermining her case.
During a web conference with American Apparel store managers today (topic: "store summer-ization and shitty sales in the Midwest") Dov Charney opened the browser on his personal computer. One participant took a screengrab and sent it to us. Above, an annotated guide to Dov Charney's desktop, featuring the following:
Last month, pervy American Apparel CEO Dov Charney was sued by (first one, then several more) former employees for alleged sexual harassment. As the media war over Dov's reputation raged, new facts came to light —incriminating texts, emails, and photos from his accusers—that made it seem that Dov might actually be innocent this time. But of course, Dov couldn't leave well enough alone.
Teetering teenage titty tableau titillator American Apparel has been wrestling this week with the question of how to get millions of dollars to keep itself alive while still being run by Dov Charney, a crazy person. They've done it! How? They found the minute handful of people in North America who A) have millions of dollars to invest, and B) do not think Dov Charney is a crazy person. What are the chances?
Fashion pimp of trendy hose American Apparel is in mortal financial peril at the moment; it needs an infusion of cash to stave off a possible bankruptcy. Investors have the cash, and the interest in the brand; what they don't have, in all likelihood, is an interest in handing a huge pile of cash over to the sole control of Dov Charney, who—despite his unshakeable confidence in himself—is the one who got the company in this situation in the first place.