Former A&F boss Mike Jeffries and his partner face alleged sexual exploitation claims
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has commenced an investigation into alleged sexual exploitation claims against the former CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, Mike Jeffries, and his partner, Matthew Smith.
The couple now face a civil lawsuit, due to the accusation of allegedly sexually exploiting young men. The incidents are claimed to have occurred between the years 2009 and 2015, through unethical events and parties hosted by the duo across the globe.
The accusations have shocked the fashion world, as Abercrombie & Fitch is a brand known for their trendy and sophisticated style, mostly targeting young people.
Some are not so surprised, as Penelope Smith comments “As a former model and brand rep, sex was a big part of the culture.”, under a TikTok user post regarding the allegations. Another TikToker Pietro states “It was obvious.”
Several young men have come forward, detailing distressing accounts of being coerced into engaging in sexual activities with one another and the former CEO and his partner, according to news and legal reports.
Mike Jeffries, who retired from Abercrombie & Fitch in 2014, has since denied allegations and chosen to remain silent on the subject.
These accusations have prompted legal action against Jeffries and Smith, with the investigation aiming to uncover the truth behind the disturbing claims that have tainted the image of the iconic brand and former CEO.
The concept of a former CEO associated with such serious allegations raises considerable concern about the ethical practices within the company during Jeffries’ leadership.
“I wish I could say I’m shocked, but with everything going on, it’s not surprising to see people in positions of power exploiting and taking advantage of others.” stated fashion student Hafsaa Khan.
The controversy gained further attention following an October 2023 documentary by the BBC, which featured firsthand accounts from young men who bravely came forward to share their traumatic and degrading experiences at the hands of Smith and Jeffries.
The documentary prompted public outcry and intensified scrutiny on the alleged misconduct within the upper echelons of Abercrombie & Fitch.
As the FBI delves into the investigation, the public and the fashion industry anxiously await to discover the truth.