Posted on: 06/15/2015

Sydney-based model and fashion consultant sues Eli

Sydney-based model and fashion consultant sues Elie Tahari for sexual harassment A Sydney-based fashion consultant and model is suing designer Elie Tahari for sexual harassment. Marcy Castelgrande, 32, is suing the Israeli-American designer for $US6 million ($7.8 million) after alleging that he tried to lift her skirt in front of her co-workers. Castelgrande, who worked as both a model and consultant for the brand, filed the suit on Friday, "Tahari"s recently divorced CEO, Mr Tahari, unlawfully and inappropriately touched Ms Castelgrande in the area of her private parts while she was modelling a skirt before a public crowd of at least 10 people," the suit reads. Castelgrande also alleges that she was fired within two hours of reporting the incident to human resources. According to Castelgrande"s LinkedIn page, she was employed by Tahari from March 2006 to December 2011. During that time she worked for the designer as a colour specialist and a design and product manager, as well as modelling for the brand. After leaving Elie Tahari, Castelgrande worked in several United States-based jobs before moving to Australia and taking on an on-site role with Instagram-printing service Social Playground. She is currently a freelancer, working in textile and graphic design, art direction and photography. Since moving to Sydney, Castelgrande has also worked as a model. Her StarNow profile lists Australian high street brands Cue and Veronika Maine among her clients.