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American Apparel CEO Hit With $250M Teen Sex Suit

Dov Charney accused of forcing sex on young employee
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2011 1:20 AM CST
American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Hit With $250M Sexual Harassment Suit
American Apparel's Dov Charney attends the LA Fashion Awards.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A former employee has accused American Apparel's founder of turning her into a sex slave, and is suing him for $250 million—more than triple what the company is worth. Irene Morales, now 20, alleges that Dov Charney began sexually harassing her when she was 17 and ordered her to come to his apartment when she turned 18. The suit alleges Charney kept her prisoner for hours and forced her to perform numerous sexual acts, reports the New York Post.

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Charney continued to demand sexual favors in return for her continued employment at American Apparel, according to the lawsuit, which says Morales had a breakdown and suffered "serious psychiatric injuries from which she will never recover." The company has released a statement accusing Morales' lawyers of engaging "in an illegal conspiracy to extort money from American Apparel," Gawker reports. (Read more Dov Charney stories.)

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