Dov Charney: This is a ‘hateful PR campaign’ against me

The ousted American Apparel founder wants a $23m payout, but his own board is refusing to meet with him

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Dov Charney: "I think it’s highly unusual that a board – any board – would indulge in such a hateful PR campaign against its founder"

Dov Charney is turning into that guy at the house party who refuses to leave even after you've pointedly turned off all the music. The American Apparel founder was fired by his own board last Wednesday for various eye-opening reasons, but Charney is now seeking legal action and accusing the board of pursuing a "hateful PR campaign" against him. 

Charney told the Financial Times that the allegations made against him in a leaked termination letter are "entirely false" and that he will vigorously contest the board's decision. He is now seeking legal action for wrongful termination and wants $23 million to $25 million in severance pay if he is not reinstated as CEO. 

"I think it’s highly unusual that a board – any board – would indulge in such a hateful PR campaign against its founder," he said in his first interview since the dismissal. "I think it’s grotesque."

"It’s sad to me that the board are invoking sexual shame in a false way to advance their agenda. It's almost like mocking someone’s sexual orientation in order to advance themselves."

The last time we checked, allegedly misusing company funds and sexually harassing female employees doesn't exactly constitute a sexual orientation. But maybe we're just squares.  

In other news, a source close to American Apparel says that the board "sees no point" in meeting with Charney at this time.

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