Veteran supermodel Linda Evangelista has jumped to the defence of the accusers claiming her former husband sexually assaulted and raped them.
Gerald Marie, the previous president of the European division of Elite Model Management, is at present below investigation in France after a number of ladies accused him of inappropriate behaviour and rape, and Linda is siding with the alleged victims.
“During my relationship with Gerald Marie, I knew nothing of these sexual allegations in opposition to him, so I was unable to assist these ladies,” Linda, who was married to Marie from 1987 till 1993, informed The Guardian in a brand new interview.
“Hearing them now, and based mostly alone experiences, I imagine that they’re telling the reality. It breaks my coronary heart as a result of these are wounds which will by no means heal, and I admire their braveness and energy for talking up as we speak.”
Gerard has denied all the fees in opposition to him and “intends to actively take part within the manifestation of the reality throughout the scope of the opened felony investigation,” in keeping with his attorneys.
One of the accusers is Wendy Walsh, who now works as a radio host. She met Gerard when she was 17. “I was younger, I was naive, and I had stars in my eyes,” she informed The Guardian. “I was not scared one little bit, as a result of I trusted all of the adults who have been going to take care of me and make me a well-known mannequin.”
She stated she was anally raped by Gerard at his residence. “It damage and I bear in mind one factor distinctly: I buried my face within the pillow and stated, ‘No.’ It smelled of anyone else’s fragrance,” she recalled.
When she met Gerard once more on the company, he shamed her in entrance of his male pal. “He was pointing to me and laughing,” she says. “It was essentially the most humiliating second.”