Disgraced, Creepy American Apparel Founder Also a Democratic Donor

Dov Charney

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Dov Charney, founder of American Apparel, was booted on Wednesday from his roles as both chairman and chief executive at the clothing company due to concerns that he could become a liability.

Charney was fired after “allegations of misconduct,” according to Business Insider.

While those allegations were not detailed, Charney has in the past been accused of sexual harassment and discrimination.

According to the Chicago Tribune:

In 2011, American Apparel lashed out when four female former employees filed a sexual harassment suit. At the time, the company told The Times that the four women were friends who were colluding to “shake down” Charney and the company for money and that it had “voluminous evidence” to prove that the allegations were false.

In 2012, Charney was accused in a wrongful termination suit of choking and rubbing dirt in the face of a former store manager in Malibu. Charney also was accused of calling the employee “a wannabe Jew” and a “fag” and asked if he was sleeping with a certain girl. The company denied the allegations.

Charney is also a Democratic donor, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.

Charney gave $2,400 to Gilbert Cedillo, a Democrat running for Congress, in 2009. Cedillo lost his bid for California’s 32nd district.

Charney also gave $1,400 to Downtown for Democracy PAC, a liberal PAC that distributed money to Democratic candidates across the country, including Barack Obama, who was running for Senate at the time.