Ed Razek accused of inappropriate behaviour while at Victoria's Secret

Bella Hadid

Former Victoria's Secret executive Ed Razek has been accused of inappropriate conduct during his time at the lingerie company.

Razek stepped down from the role of chief marketing officer of Victoria's Secret's parent company, L Brands, last August, months after courting controversy for comments he made about plus-size and transgender models.

Razek, who helped cast the Victoria's Secret Angels and popularise the annual fashion show, has now been accused of harassment, bullying, and perpetuating a culture of misogyny during his 36 years at the company in an expose by The New York Times.

In the report, sources claim Razek, 71, once made a lewd comment about Bella Hadid's "perfect" breasts and placed his hand on another model's underwear-clad crotch at a fitting for the 2018 fashion show.

Other sources claim Razek would ask models for the phone numbers while they were in their underwear. Others were allegedly asked to sit on his lap or invited to dinner.

Andi Muise, who walked in the annual show between 2005 and 2007, claims she agreed to go to dinner with Razek and he tried to kiss her in the car on the way to the restaurant, but she rebuffed him.

He allegedly sent her intimate emails for months and suggested they moved in together in his house in Turks and Caicos. She claims she wasn't picked for the 2008 show after she skipped a meal at his New York home.

Last summer, an employee reportedly presented the Human Resources department with a document listing more than a dozen allegations about Razek, including his demeaning comments and inappropriate touching.

In response to the expose, the former executive denied the allegations in a statement.

"The accusations in this reporting are categorically untrue, misconstrued or taken out of context. I've been fortunate to work with countless, world-class models and gifted professionals and take great pride in the mutual respect we have for each other," he wrote in an email.

Tammy Roberts Myers, a spokeswoman for L Brands, provided a statement on behalf of the board's independent directors, which stated that the company "is intensely focused" on corporate governance, workplace, and compliance practices and that it had "made significant strides".

"We regret any instance where we did not achieve this objective and are fully committed to continuous improvement and complete accountability," she said.

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