Marc Jacobs with Robert Duffy
Just when you thought that the legal case against Marc Jacobs International initiated by former employee Patrice Lataliade was slowing down, the issue has resurfaced. Back in March Lataliade alleged that Robert Duffy encouraged employees to pole dance but LVMH bosses have now responded to the allegations saying that the reports are false.
According to the group, Latailade was actually dismissed for mismanaging the company's finances so admist the allegations they have decided to counterclaim for the financial misconduct. "The counterclaim alleged Lataillade was fired because figures he provided to MJI’s board and LVMH were “overstated by several million dollars to give the appearance that budget and bonus targets had been met,” WWD reports. Whether the counterclaim will succeed has been doubted as many question why LVMH have only decided to sue him now considering that the issue dates as far back as 2008. However, the group has rebutted criticisms explaining that they have only gathered the necessary evidence to move forward now.