Designer Alexander Wang has responded to allegations of sexual assault after male model Owen Mooney called out his alleged misconduct on a viral TikTok.
In it, Mooney claimed he was groped by Wang at New York’s Slake nightclub in January 2017.
“I was by myself at one point and this guy next to me obviously took advantage of the fact that no one could fucking move,” Owen Mooney said in the original TikTok. “And he just started touching me up. Fully up my leg, in my crotch. It made me freeze completely because I was in so much shock.”
According to VICE/i-D: “Owen Mooney’s claims mirror those made by others, including trans model Gia Garison, who told The Guardian that Wang allegedly exposed her genitals in a club’s VIP area in February 2017, a month after the alleged incident with Owen Mooney. The Guardian also cites another alleged incident of sexual assault between Wang and a construction worker called Nick Ward, who claims to have been groped by the designer in a Brooklyn nightclub in September 2017.”
Today, Wang responded in a statement to Page Six, which read, in full:
“Over the last few days, I have been on the receiving end of baseless and grotesquely false accusations. These claims have been wrongfully amplified by social media accounts infamous for posting defamatory material from undisclosed and/or anonymous sources with zero evidence or any fact checking whatsoever. Seeing these lies about me being perpetuated as truths has been infuriating.
“I have never engaged in the atrocious behavior described and would never conduct myself in the manner that’s been alleged. I intend to get to the bottom of this and hold accountable whoever is responsible for originating these claims and viciously spreading them online.”