Alexander Wang has responded to the multiple sexual misconduct accusations that have been made against him, promising to "do better".
"A number of individuals have come forward recently to raise claims against me regarding my past personal behaviour," the American designer wrote in a post shared to Instagram.
"I support their right to come forward, and I’ve listened carefully to what they had to say. It was not easy for them to share their stories, and I regret acting in a way that caused them pain.
"While we disagree on some of the details of these personal interactions, I will set a better example and use my visibility and influence to encourage others to recognise harmful behaviours. Life is about learning and growth, and now that I know better, I will do better."
Earlier this year, Wang said that the accusations were “false, fabricated and mostly anonymous” and that the “baseless” allegations were “started on social media by sites which repeatedly disregarded the vale and importance of evidence of fact-checking”.
Allegations against Wang first circulated years ago, but resurfaced in December 2020 on social platforms TikTok and Instagram. The designer denied the allegations at the time.
21-year-old Keaton Bullen came forward last month, claiming that Wang assaulted him in a New York nightclub in 2019.
Bullen told the BBC that he met the designer at the Fish Bowl in Manhattan. He claims the two talked, before Wang led him to the dance floor and later assaulted him.
"All of a sudden he unzipped my trousers, put his hands in my pants and started grabbing my penis in front of a bunch of people," he said. "I completely froze.
"He then said: 'I want to take you home with me'," Bullen alleged. "I felt weirded out... and removed myself from the situation as fast as possible."
Bullen is not pressing charges but came forward with his allegations in solidarity with other alleged survivors.
Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom is representing 10 men with allegations against Wang and his company, according to Business of Fashion. Bloom has previously represented Harvey Weinstein and women who accused former President Trump of sexual misconduct.
Bloom posted a statement on Twitter suggesting that the matter had reached a conclusion.
"My clients had the opportunity to speak their truth to him and expressed their pain and hurt," she wrote. "We acknowledge Mr Wang’s apology and we are moving forward. We have no further comment on this matter.”"
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