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Designer Alexander Wang denies sexual assault accusations

Fashion darling Alexander Wang is facing mounting accusations of sexual assault — which he adamantly denies.

Instagram account S—t Model Management and internet watchdog Diet Prada in recent days shared several anonymous stories of alleged misconduct — including one person’s claim the designer served water laced with party drug Molly — after model Owen Mooney came forward earlier this month with groping accusations.

Mooney, who says he met Wang during a chance encounter at a New York City nightclub in 2017, claimed via TikTok that the designer groped him. (Mooney initially didn’t reveal the alleged groper’s name, but said it was Wang when a commenter guessed.)

“I was by myself at one point and this guy next to me obviously took advantage of the fact that no one could f–king move and he just started, like, touching me up. And fully like, up my leg, in my crotch, like it made me freeze completely because I was in such shock,” Mooney said in the TikTok video. “I looked to my left to see who it was and it was this really famous fashion designer. Like, I couldn’t believe that he was doing that to me. It made me go into even more shock. It was really f–ked up.”

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Alexander Wang
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When asked for comment, Wang denied the accusations in a statement to Page Six Style, saying via a rep: “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.”

He continued, “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.”

Other accusers, as reported by S—t Model Management and Diet Prada, made claims of unwanted sexual advances. Some accusers said they were given drinks — which they later thought could have been drugged — after they unwittingly ended up at home with Wang.

The designer, who is close with celebrities like Gigi and Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner and Kaia Gerber, often heavily features themes of partying in his fashion designs, runway shows and over-the-top afterparties. Diet Prada also pointed out that Wang cast R. Kelly in a 2017 ad campaign meant to “blur the lines between fantasy and reality” after the singer was acquitted in a child pornography case.

Model Karen Elson commented on Diet Prada’s compilation of information against Wang.

“No-one should feel pressured to get wasted, let alone be drugged or fend off unwanted sexual advances under the guise of having a good time or at work. Consent is consent,” she wrote, in part. “Yes it’s difficult when it’s someone you know or admire in the industry but it shouldn’t minimize the hurt that person has allegedly caused others, if these conversations don’t happen then nothing will change for the better.”