As seen here, here and here, Dov Charvey is no stranger to public scrutiny. For years the American Apparel founder and apparent "Made in America" skeptic has made headlines for a number of sexual harassment lawsuits, causing fans of the LA-based basics brand to keep their eyebrows permanently raised. Well, it looks like AA has finally had enough of the negative press, because Charney is reportedly being forced to step down as president and CEO in less than 30 days.
WWD reveals that the company's board made the decision "amid allegations of misconduct." Co-chairman Allan Mayer tells the fashion trade pub that he and his colleagues "felt it was the right thing to do [...] Dov Charney created American Apparel, but the company has grown much larger than any one individual and we are confident that its greatest days are still ahead."
John Luttrell, executive VP and chief financial officer since 2011, will serve as the company's interim CEO until they hire Charney's permanent replacement. One question: does this major management change mean that AA's days of way-risqué ads are over?
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