After multiple accusations of sexual misconduct in December, fashion designer Alexander Wang finds himself facing a new wave of similar claims — with one victim shedding anonymity to make his case.
Wang’s alleged history of predatory behavior began to unfold after Owen Mooney, a model, accused the designer of groping him at a New York club in 2017.
“Alexander Wang is a massive sexual predator, and there’s been a load of people he’s done this to,” Mooney said in a TikTok video. “He needs to be exposed.”
Soon after Mooney’s video went viral, anonymous individuals contacted watchdog groups Diet Prada and Shit Model Management to share their own encounters with Wang. These allegations include groping, drugging and forcing partygoers to get drunk.
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This week, Wang faces more of the same accusations. Lisa Bloom, a victims’ rights lawyer, is representing 10 men with claims against the designer and his company.
Of those men, one came forward revealing his identity. David Casavant, 30, is a fashion stylist and archivist who had worked and partied with Wang.
In an interview with The New York Times, Casavant claimed that Wang pulled down his pants and underwear at Brooklyn club Good Room in January 2017. He believes Wang intended to “humiliate” him while he was in “a vulnerable state.”
Casavant decided to go public after Wang denied the previous allegations.
“I didn’t like the idea that people could be branded as liars who weren’t,” Casavant told the Times. “I didn’t feel a necessary response from the fashion industry about it. Which I can understand — I get it, they were mainly anonymous, so that’s fine.
“But here I am. I’m sitting in front of you. I’m saying who I am. I’m not anonymous anymore.”
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Casavant’s details mirror claims that were already put forth by others who had gone public. Gia Garrison, another model, told The Guardian that Wang tried to pull down her underwear at a club in the same year.
Neither Wang nor Bloom has taken any legal action to date. Eric M. George, one of Wang’s lawyers, denied Casavant’s claims and noted that they are based on an “irrefutable yearslong personal animus toward Mr. Wang.”
Examples of that animus include Casavant allegedly accusing Wang of “ruining Balenciaga” — where he became creative director in 2012 — and invading Wang’s booth at the Good Room. Bloom responded by saying Wang’s “ridiculous personal attacks” say more about himself than Casavant.
Meanwhile, social media users have highlighted the irony that Bloom previously represented Harvey Weinstein, a convicted sex offender. “It’s the same Lisa Bloom, she’s representing the 10 men going up against Wang,” one Instagram user wrote.
Another commented, “I hope they get better representation. She needs to take several seats!”