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While American Apparel continues to take over every remaining storefront in Manhattan, its CEO, Dov Charney, is busy fighting an increasingly complicated lawsuit. The Mary Nelson story was already painfully convoluted, but we'll summarize: Nelson, a former AA employee, sued for sexual harassment. American Apparel agreed to settle for $1.3 million if she'd allow them to send out a press release announcing that arbitration had "found" Charney not guilty. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the scam fell apart, the news hit the media, and everyone came out looking slimy.
Now, it's all gotten even slimier. The blog Hollywood, Interrupted has dug up legal documents accusing Mary Nelson's lawyer, Keith Fink, of helping her fake a reduced income so that she could claim getting fired from AA forced her to take a low-paying job. They've also got an e-mail allegedly from Fink to AA's lawyer threatening to "blow this whole farce wide open" if he doesn't get paid soon. Writes blogger Mark Ebner, "There is little doubt that Fink blackmailed American Apparel." Of course, given that every detail of this case is incredibly sketchy, we're not sure the e-mail can be trusted. Ebner doesn't say where he got it, but we've reached out to him and are awaiting a response.
UPDATE: We just heard back from Ebner, who assures us that the e-mail is authentic. It's from "a confidential source close to the case," he writes.
· Storecasting: American Apparel Steps on a Banana [Racked]
· Dov Charney's Court Case Is Totally Complicated [Jezebel]
· Naked Shakedown: Dov Charney Is the Victim! [Hollywood, Interrupted]