Well known German designer Karl Lagerfeld, 84, has come out publicly slamming the #MeToo movement saying he is ‘fed up’ with models and actresses talking about the alleged sexual harassment they’ve faced over the years.
During an interview with French magazine Numéro, Lagerfeld claimed these women should understand what they’re getting into. He said this when defending Karl Templer, former Interview magazine creative director, who was recently accused by some models of ‘aggressively’ pulling down their underwear, without asking.
‘If you don’t want someone pulling down your panties, don’t become a model,’ he said. ‘Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even!’ said Lagerfeld.
The 84-year-old designer is the head creative director for Chanel and Fendi, additionally he owns his own fashion line, and he is of the conviction the #MeToo movement is making it close to impossible for designers to do their work.
‘I read somewhere that now, you have to ask models whether they feel comfortable when they are posing,’ he said. ‘That’s opening the door to anything. From then on, as a creator, you don’t do anything anymore.’
Lagerfeld said he does not believe the accusations against Templer, stating that ‘a girl is complaining that he pulled on her panties and he gets excommunicated from an industry that, until then, worshiped him.’
Via the Daily Mail: Fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have also been accused of sexual misconduct this year, while Kate Upton called out Guess founder Paul Marciano for ‘sexually and emotionally harassing women.’
But Lagerfeld has taken issue with the fact that that many of the women are sharing their stories of sexual harassment decades after it happened.
‘What shocks me is all these starlets who needed 20 years to remember what happened,’ he said. ‘That and the fact there is no prosecution witness.’
With that being said, he admitted that there was no love lost between him and disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
‘I hate him,’ he said, adding: ‘He is not what one might call a man of his word.’