TV model agency executives quit

Sam Greenhill,Pa News
Friday 26 November 1999 00:00
Comments

Two senior executives at leading model agency Elite have resigned after an undercover TV documentary alleged that girls as young as 13 were pressured to have sex and take drugs.

Two senior executives at leading model agency Elite have resigned after an undercover TV documentary alleged that girls as young as 13 were pressured to have sex and take drugs.

Gerald Marie, president of Elite Europe, and Xavier Moreau, president of Elite Model Look, have both had their resignations accepted by the Elite board of directors, the agency announced.

Mr Marie, ex-husband of model Linda Evangelista, was filmed propositioning investigator Lisa Brinkworth when she posed as a model in Tuesday night's programme, screened on BBC1 as part of the MacIntyre Undercover series.

Mr Marie also told fellow investigator Donal MacIntyre, posing as a photographer, he was planning to seduce finalists from the Elite Model Look contest whose average age is just 15, said the BBC, which made the film.

The Elite agency, which represents supermodels Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, launched an investigation into the allegations and, on Wednesday, Elite chairman John Casablancas said several senior executives had been suspended and ordered to explain themselves.

In a statement, he offered an "unreserved apology" for the behaviour displayed by his staff in the documentary on what he called "some of the darkest aspects of the modelling industry".

The film featured a string of astonishing "confessions" from fashion world insiders, including staff from the agency.

It also included evidence that men employed to ferry young models around were forcing drugs on them without the knowledge of the agencies involved.

Elite said Mr Moreau would be replaced by Thierry Grin, a Swiss attorney with the company in New York, and that Mr Marie's replacement would be announced in the near future.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in