‘Pedophile’ modelling agency boss ‘raped girls young as 14 and gave them COCAINE to keep them thin’


‘Pedophile’ modelling agency boss who’s ex-husband of Linda Evangelista ‘raped models as young as 14 because he thought virgins were “unphotogenic” and prescribed victims COCAINE to keep them thin’

  •  French modelling agent Gerald Marie allegedly engaged in the misconduct while serving as European chief of Elite Model Management in the 80s and 90s
  • During that time, Marie allegedly raped at least 13 Elite models – reportedly targeting younger women because he though that ‘virgins were not photogenic’ 
  • Marie, now 72, also kept tabs on the models he and others had slept with, the whistleblower said, grading them on a points-based system
  • He denies all allegations made against him, although his supermodel ex-wife Linda Evangelista has said she’s inclined to believe them 
  • Accusers also say the Frenchman would ply his victims with a daily stipend of cocaine to keep them thin while engaging in the abuse
  • Once accuser, 53-year-old American Carré Sutton, says she was repeatedly raped after being recruited by the model boss in 1985, when she was 16
  • Fellow Elite model Jill Dodd, now 62, also says she was also raped by Marie around that time – when she was a 20-year-old aspiring model in the 1980s
  • Marie allegedly ‘trafficked’ Sutton – and other women – to other men around Europe, where he was called the ‘Harvey Weinstein of the fashion industry’

A former titan of the fashion industry – who was once wed to Linda Evangelista – for years ran a sordid sex ring from within his multinational modelling agency, it is claimed – where he allegedly raped more than a dozen models as young as 14.   

French modelling agent Gerald Marie allegedly engaged in the misconduct while serving as European chief of Elite Model Management in the 80s and 90s – a tenure that saw him become one of the most powerful men in the industry. 

During that time, Marie allegedly raped at least 13 Elite models – reportedly targeting younger women because he though that ‘virgins were not photogenic,’ a former staffer said.

Marie, now 72, also kept tabs on the models he and others had slept with, the whistleblower said, grading them on a points-based system, according to their ages and whether or not they were virgins.

He denies all allegations made against him.  

Accusers also say the Frenchman would ply his victims with a daily stipend of cocaine to keep them thin while engaging in the abuse – with one alleged victim saying she was ‘prescribed’ a vial of the drug a day to keep her weight down.

The accuser, 53-year-old American model Carré Sutton, says she was repeatedly raped after being recruited by the model boss in 1985, when she was 16.

Former Elite Model Management boss Gerald Marie, now 72, allegedly engaged in the misconduct while serving as European chief of Elite Model Management in the 80s and 90s. He was reportedly dubbed the 'Harvey Weinstein of the fashion industry' by models at the time

Former Elite Model Management boss Gerald Marie, now 72, allegedly engaged in the misconduct while serving as European chief of Elite Model Management in the 80s and 90s. He was reportedly dubbed the ‘Harvey Weinstein of the fashion industry’ by models at the time

One of at least 13 former models accusing Marie of rape, 53-year-old American model Carré Sutton says she was repeatedly assaulted by the model boss in 1985, when she was 16

One of at least 13 former models accusing Marie of rape, 53-year-old American model Carré Sutton says she was repeatedly assaulted by the model boss in 1985, when she was 16

At the time, Marie was dating Canadian supermodel Evangelista, 57 – with Sutton claiming in an ongoing lawsuit against her ex-employer, filed last year, that several of the assaults took place in the Paris apartment the mogul shared with the model.

Starting out with Elite in New York, Sutton was personally flown out to Paris by Marie mere months after signing with the agency, where she stayed with Marie in his multimillion-dollar apartment.

There, then 17, Sutton says she was subject to repeated sexual abuse and was plied with a constant stream of cocaine to stay thin.

Marie allegedly ‘trafficked’ Sutton – and other women – ‘to other wealthy men around Europe, where he was reportedly known as the ‘Harvey Weinstein of the fashion industry’ across young models in the 80s and 90s. 

The alleged abuse is detailed in an upcoming documentary series, Scouting For Girls: Fashion’s Darkest Secret, airing on Sky on Friday.

Ahead of the documentary, Carré – along with two other survivors, fellow American models Jill Dodd and Marianne Shine – recounted to The Sun the alleged abuse. 

‘Being as naive and as vulnerable as I was, I thought going to stay in this apartment of the boss was a good thing. I thought it meant that I was the chosen one,’ Sutton said.

‘I thought it meant that something good was finally going to happen, so I really had no idea what I was walking into.’

She added: ‘I was in a particularly vulnerable situation… he held all the power and I was not in the position to fight back metaphorically and realistically.’

She cited how she was still just 17 when the alleged abuse occurred, and that she was ‘dependent on him for food, money, shelter, he held my passport.’

At the time, Marie was dating Canadian supermodel Lindal Evangelista, 57 - with Sutton claiming in an ongoing lawsuit against her ex-employer, filed last year, that several of the assaults took place in the Paris apartment the mogul shared with the model. Pictured are the couple in New York City in 1991

At the time, Marie was dating Canadian supermodel Lindal Evangelista, 57 – with Sutton claiming in an ongoing lawsuit against her ex-employer, filed last year, that several of the assaults took place in the Paris apartment the mogul shared with the model. Pictured are the couple in New York City in 1991

She said the abuse would occur when Linda, who was also signed to Elite and moved from New York to Paris, was out of town.

Carré, who has seen a flood of support from former and current models after airing her accusations last Fall, including from Evangelista, told the outlet that she did not think Evangelista was aware of the abuse. 

‘I don’t believe that she knew. Look how young she was and look who she was dating. I don’t think any of us had it easy.’  

Dodd, meanwhile, now 62, also says she was also raped by Marie around that time – when she was a 20-year-old aspiring model for Elite in Paris in the 1980s.

Dodd recalled to The Sun: ‘I was sent to parties at rich men’s houses that models were required to attend.’

Then a 17-year-old aspiring model, Sutton says she was subject to repeated sexual abuse and was plied with a constant stream of cocaine to stay thin. Pictured is an undated image of Sutton around that time

Then a 17-year-old aspiring model, Sutton says she was subject to repeated sexual abuse and was plied with a constant stream of cocaine to stay thin. Pictured is an undated image of Sutton around that time

There, she said, ‘I figured out that these men wanted to sexually harass us or rape us. So I refused to go to any more parties.’

At the time, Marie reportedly told her that she no longer had to attend those parties, nor did she have to go on any more interviews for prospective gigs.

‘Then several weeks after that, one night, he raped me,’ she recalled

Weeks later, her booker at Elite reportedly invited her to another party, in Monte Carlo, where she met Saudi billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, who was at that time the richest man in the world.

Dodd recalled: ‘He and I started dancing. He reminded me of my friend’s dad at a wedding. He was older. I felt safe with him.

‘I became involved with him but I found out about a year into our relationship that he had purchased an introduction,’ she went on to reveal. 

‘He had paid my agency $50,000 to bring me to that party.

‘I found out because I saw him doing it with other women. He was looking through a notebook of composites from modelling agencies who were saying, “Pick the girl you want to be with and you pay this price and we’ll get her to you.”

‘I had no idea that had been done to me.’

Fellow model Jill Dodd, now 62, also says she was also raped by Marie around that time - when she was a 20-year-old aspiring model for Elite in Paris in the 1980s

Fellow model Jill Dodd, now 62, also says she was also raped by Marie around that time – when she was a 20-year-old aspiring model for Elite in Paris in the 1980s

Dodd, then 20, said she was raped by her then boss at his Paris apartment in 1980

Dodd, then 20, said she was raped by her then boss at his Paris apartment in 1980

She says she then broke it off with Khashoggi, who later admitted he had paid to meet Jill. He did not specify to whom. He died in 2017, after saying he felt ‘a deep sense of shame’ for the incident.

Jill said: ‘I felt like a whore. And it was all innocent and not understanding because I’d just turned 20. I was really a baby in the world and didn’t understand things like this.

‘These people were in their 40s, manipulating me. I had no idea and it took me decades to get over the shame that came with that.’

Dodd then went to another agency, Karins, which was co-founded by renowned model Jean-Luc Brunel – a friend of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Brunel hanged himself in a French jail cell earlier this year while awaiting trial for sex crimes.  

Dodd and Brunel soon became close, and Dodd was welcomed into the fashion exec’s inner circle. 

‘I was invited to private dinners and clubs, and eventually to his own apartment to watch a video with other girls who all cuddled with him on his bed. I thought that was odd so I sat on the floor with the “overflow” girls.’

After one such party – attended by other A-list models and influential businessmen – Brunel allegedly raped Dodd after convincing her to spend the night at his apartment.

She told The Sun: ‘I didn’t have the cash to get a cab home and the Metro had stopped. Jean-Luc promised his cook or one of the other guests would take me home.

‘Then of course those people were not available. He wouldn’t give me cab money. So I ended up staying over.’ She was then assaulted by the exec.

Marianne Shine, 59, another American model working in Paris at time, told The Sun that Brunel also raped her in a similar instance after a model party, after inviting her back to his apartment.

There, he told Shine to get in his bed so that she could get some ‘beauty rest’ and that he would sleep somewhere else in the house.

She says she then woke up with the model on top of her. She told the paper: ‘All of a sudden he took advantage of me. I was stunned and thought I’d done something wrong.

‘That was the most heartbreaking part. For months I’d been trusting this man.’

She fled his apartment before he woke the next morning, and the following day, she said, she was fired from the agency.

Models from that era have since began to speak out against the alleged abuse from influential figures in the industry at the time, with Sky’s documentary serving as a culmination of those claims, as well as an exhaustive investigation into the accusations by The Guardian.

In the documentary, a whistleblower who worked at Elite for two years in 1998, Omar Harfouch, said that he tried to bring word of the alleged misconduct to the public decades ago.

He said: ‘Elite and its leaders would take any opportunity to demonstrate their power. And little by little, that’s how these girls started to get used because they are put in a situation where they are vulnerable. They are psychologically fragile.

‘The more I witnessed, the more I wondered: “Can I continue to work with these people? Or do I need to take a stand?”‘

‘And so, this story – the sexual abuse, the sex trafficking, the sexual assaults – was brought to light more than 20 years ago and nothing has changed.’

He said that Marie reportedly ran a league table of models he and others had slept with with fellow brass at the company.

Harfouch recalled: ‘He and other people at Elite would each put a cross and they would compete to see who bedded the most girls.’

He added that Marie and other were most obsessed with underage models, such as Sutton.     

‘As they arrived at the agency they had to lose their virginity quickly and at all costs. We’re talking about 14, 15, 16-year-old girls.’

Sutton, who was married to Oscar-nominated actor Mickey Rourke from 1992-98 and is now married to environmental scientist Matthew Sutton, said it took years to process the alleged abuse, let alone discuss it.

She accuses Marie in her suit of having ‘trafficked’ her ‘to other wealthy men around Europe’.

Dubbed ‘the Harvey Weinstein of the fashion industry’ for preying on young models in the 80s and 90s, Marie, who now lives in Ibiza, has been accused of abuse by at least 11 women.

Sutton said she was trafficked from San Francisco to New York and then to Marie while still a child. 

She said it was ‘by design and there I endured [alleged] abuse,’ adding that others have had similar experiences.

The Californian model said that she was so young she did not know how to handle the abuse.

‘As a child, it’s really what you do to survive and try to normalize or compartmentalize is classic trauma response,’ she said.

‘I move throughout my career really trying to put something to the side that was horrific and traumatic to me.’

She said she was speaking out to encourage others to follow suit, and change the culture of silence.

‘Abuse is normalized in our industry and in the modeling industry because of the perceived privilege of being paid for winning a genetic lottery,’ she said, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

‘Many see that as the price of fame and even as fair trade. 

‘The industry that enabled my abuse and let men pay for access to women is still the same industry today.’

She and several others who accused him publicly – Dodd, Lesa Amoore, Shawna Lee, Ebba Karlsson and Emily Mott – were invited by police in Paris to testify against him, in a bid to raise awareness of the issue rather than secure a conviction. All of their allegations have exceeded the statute of limitations.

Otis said she met Marie before her 18th birthday and he allegedly sexually assaulted her over a three-year period, while Marie was dating supermodel Linda Evangelista. 

She said: ‘Survivors of sexual abuse deserve to file a claim against their abusers, and we need a legal system to reflect the science of trauma.’ 

One year before arriving in Paris Sutton was a 16-year-old living on her own in California's Bay Area when she was 'discovered by a modeling agent with connections to Elite in New York City,' she told The Guardian

One year before arriving in Paris Sutton was a 16-year-old living on her own in California’s Bay Area when she was ‘discovered by a modeling agent with connections to Elite in New York City,’ she told The Guardian

Sutton said that her message to those ‘who may be suffering, that you’re not alone and we are here for you.’

She added: Unfortunately, because of France’s complicated and backwards laws of sexual abuse, I cannot bring a legal claim against Marie here. It is time to hold this man accountable for his crimes.’

Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff, who was at the Paris press conference, said her organization has run a 24-hour support line for 10 years, and has helped industry survivors come forward.

But she said it was far from an isolated case.

‘We hear every single day from current working and aspiring models about similar alleged abuses that are happening,’ she said.

Sutton said that she plucked up the courage in 1986 to demand the abuse stop.

As a result, she was ‘kicked out to go to another apartment and then work stopped.’

She said she was dismayed that, having first told her story 11 years ago, there has ‘been no accountability, so I really don’t expect much.’

She added: ‘For me, justice isn’t about seeing somebody behind bars.

‘There are many Gerald Maries within this industry. It’s about seeing change within an industry that’s still largely unregulated.

‘That, for me, is what justice looks like.’ 

Gerald Marie is accused by 11 women of abuse

Sutton is pictured during New York Fashion Week in 1991

Marie is now accused by at least 11 woman, including Sutton – pictured during New York Fashion Week in 1991 

Sutton is pictured walking the runway for a Todd Oldham fashion show in the mid 1990s in New York

Sutton is pictured walking the runway for a Todd Oldham fashion show in the mid 1990s in New York 

Sutton said she filed the lawsuit 'on behalf of all the other survivors' and 'in hopes that other survivors who are within the statute... feel that there is safety in coming forward'

Sutton said she filed the lawsuit ‘on behalf of all the other survivors’ and ‘in hopes that other survivors who are within the statute… feel that there is safety in coming forward’

Carré Sutton, now 53, has been modeling since she was 16 and has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Cosmopolitan

Sutton filed a lawsuit on Thursday in Manhattan federal court alleging her ex-boss and former Elite Model Management head Gérald Marie 'repeatedly raped' her in Paris when she was 17

Then and now: Carré Sutton, now 53, has been modeling since she was 16 and has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan. She filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court alleging former Elite Model Management head Gerald Marie ‘repeatedly raped’ her in Paris when she was 17

It is not suggested that Evangelista (pictured with Marie) was aware of any such incidents and praised the 'courage and strength' of the women who have accused her ex-husband of sexual misconduct and rape

It is not suggested that Evangelista (pictured with Marie) was aware of any such incidents and praised the ‘courage and strength’ of the women who have accused her ex-husband of sexual misconduct and rape

Marie at the time was in a relationship with Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista.

The pair were later married, from 1987 to 1993. 

Evangelista, now 56, has said she is horrified by the allegations.

‘During my relationship with Gerald Marie, I knew nothing of these sexual allegations against him, so I was unable to help these women,’ she told The Guardian last year.

‘Hearing them now, and based on my own experiences, I believe that they are telling the truth. It breaks my heart because these are wounds that may never heal, and I admire their courage and strength for speaking up today.’

Celine Bekerman, Marie’s lawyer, told DailyMail.com that he ‘refutes with dismay these false and defamatory allegations,’ but would be ‘withholding his eventual statements until speaking to the competent authorities.’   

After six months of abuse Sutton claimed she refused to have sex with Marie. In turn he kicked her out of his Paris apartment and Sutton was transferred to a modeling agency in Milan, Italy

After six months of abuse Sutton claimed she refused to have sex with Marie. In turn he kicked her out of his Paris apartment and Sutton was transferred to a modeling agency in Milan, Italy

Other models – among them Milla Jovovich, Helena Christensen, Karen Elson, Paulina Porizkova – have publicly backed Sutton’s since campaign.

Christensen said she stood with these ‘brave women all the way.’  

Porizkova said that young models were taught to view ‘sexual harassment as a compliment.’

‘As models, we weren’t paid for our talents,’ Porizkova said. ‘We were renting our body and face. Your body wasn’t your own.’ 

She applauded the women who had traveled to Paris and who would, she said, ‘relive some painful memories to stand up for a better industry and the women who haven’t been able to come forward.’

Jovovich said: ‘I never experienced abuse to the extent many others did when I was starting out. But I did experience a Wild West industry culture where kids were treated like adults and anything goes. 

‘You are young and vulnerable and potentially set up for a lifetime of abuse or bad patterns that will shape your sense of self-worth for the rest of your life.’

Carla Bruni, one of the most famous models of the ’90s and the former first lady of France, added: ‘Enough is enough — I stand with Carré and the other survivors of Gerald Marie as they come to Paris to testify against their abuser.’

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