A 21-year-old scholar has alleged that he was sexually assaulted by Alexander Wang at a New York Metropolis membership in 2019.
Keaton Bullen instructed BBC that he encountered the style designer, who has been accused of sexual assault by different males, on the Fishbowl membership in Midtown Manhattan on August 24, 2019.
Bullen, who says he was with a buddy, claimed he and Wang first talked about their alma mater, Parsons College of Design, earlier than Wang invited them to his desk.
He alleges that Wang provided them vodka earlier than getting them to the dance flooring and unzipped his pants.
‘Hastily he unzipped my trousers, put his palms in my pants and began grabbing my penis in entrance of a bunch of individuals,’ Bullen instructed the BBC.
‘I utterly froze. He then mentioned: “I wish to take you house with me,”‘ Bullen alleged.
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Keaton Bullen, 21, has claimed that he was sexually assaulted by Alexander Wang (pictured) on the Fishbowl membership in Midtown Manhattan on August 24, 2019
Bullen mentioned he was greatly surprised and ‘eliminated myself from the scenario as quick as potential’.
Wang’s lawyer, Paul Tweed, instructed BBC that he’s ready for surveillance footage from the membership, which he mentioned ‘his shopper believes will completely disprove this allegation’.
Quite a few claims have been made after mannequin and graphic designer Owen Mooney took to TikTok to share his encounter with Wang in 2017, describing how he ‘froze’ when Wang allegedly groped his crotch throughout a live performance in New York Metropolis.
A number of others got here ahead with related allegations, prompting the style designer to launch an announcement denying the ‘grotesquely false’ claims final month.
In a memo seen by DailyMail.com and despatched to his employees in early January, Wang wrote: ‘I wished to take the time to jot down to you all and thank every considered one of you who’ve been standing by me and the model after the troublesome previous few days.
‘You’re my neighborhood, my precedence and I’m absolutely conscious that the latest information has additionally affected you. I hope this word that I’m sending earlier than we submit on firm socials later in the present day, helps to reply a few of your questions and alleviate some considerations.’
Wang mentioned that he stays ‘dedicated’ to his workers and his model ‘and can do all the things in my energy to information us by way of this course of with the utmost transparency’.
‘Firstly, I’d prefer to take the chance to attach instantly with the individuals who have helped me develop this model into what it’s in the present day and handle the latest false, fabricated and principally nameless accusations towards me.
‘Whereas I’ve at all times been energetic in my social life, ceaselessly attending varied business gatherings, events and live shows the place medicine and alcohol have been present- however opposite to what has been mentioned, I’ve by no means taken benefit of others in a sexual method or compelled something on anybody with out consent.
‘I even have by no means abused my standing or fame for my very own profit. These baseless allegations have been began on social media by websites which repeatedly disregarded the worth and significance of proof or reality checking,’ Wang mentioned.
He then wrote that he’s making it his ‘precedence to show these accusations are unfaithful and are fueled by solely opportunistic motives’.
In the meantime, lawyer Lisa Bloom (pictured) has revealed that she is now representing 11 males with misconduct allegations towards Wang
Quite a few claims have been made after mannequin and graphic designer Owen Mooney (pictured) took to TikTok to share his encounter with Wang in 2017, describing how he ‘froze’ when Wang allegedly groped his crotch throughout a live performance in New York Metropolis
Final month, Wang launched a memo to employees denying the allegations. His representatives additionally launched textual content messages to DailyMail.com that confirmed exchanges between Wang and Nick
Different exchanges despatched to DailyMail.com from Wang’s workforce consists of one from Might and June 2020. In Might, the boys talk about Nick transferring out of New York Metropolis after dropping his job amid the coronavirus pandemic. Within the June alternate, Wang instructed Nick that he was in Connecticut
‘It will be significant for individuals to talk up about and be heard however there’s a want to make sure accusations are credible, in order that we don’t hurt these vital causes. Our workforce is doing all the things in its energy to research these claims and we promise to stay sincere and clear all through that course of.
‘We’re lucky to have obtained an amazing quantity of help over the previous couple of days and are grateful to our employees, purchasers and business friends for standing by our aspect at the moment,’ he concluded.
Along with Wang’s memo to employees, his representatives additionally launched textual content messages to DailyMail.com that confirmed exchanges between Wang and considered one of his accusers.
The textual content message alternate concerned Nick, an accuser who additionally spoke to DailyMail.com. He claimed that Wang carried out intercourse acts on him whereas he was in a blacked out state in a membership.
The primary few texts are dated in late 2019, after the alleged incidents are mentioned to have taken place, and present Nick telling Wang that he’s in Brooklyn with mates.
‘I’m out in Brooklyn at a mates – you??’ Nick asks. Wang responds: ‘Simply left a shoot in BK. Heading again into metropolis.’
On November 24, 2019, Nick tells Wang: ‘Rattling sorry I’m lacking you once more.’
Wang doesn’t seem to have responded to that message, however a bit of over per week later Nick writes: ‘Hey how’s it going? Are you have got a celebration subsequent week with Adidas?’
It doesn’t seem that Wang responded to that message both. On January 18, 2020, Nick wrote: ‘Alexxx are you out??’ Wang responded: ‘Nope at house. You?’
‘Wish to come to China city?’ Nick asks.
The alternate seems to choose again up on January 31, 2020, with Nick texting Wang about smoking and chilling collectively.
‘All the way down to smoke and chill someday,’ Nick writes, to which Wang responds: ‘Sat?’
‘Yea wish to hold it chill?’ Nick asks.
Wang responds: ‘Versus….?’
‘Going to a membership which we normally do,’ Nick says. Wang replies: ‘Oh Hahahaha yea. Gonna prob keep in tonight.’
Different exchanges despatched to DailyMail.com from Wang’s workforce consists of one from Might and June 2020. In Might, the boys talk about Nick transferring out of New York Metropolis after dropping his job amid the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Could be good to membership once more earlier than I head out lol,’ Nick tells Wang.
Within the June alternate, Wang instructed Nick that he was in Connecticut after getting a spot there for the summer time.
In the meantime, lawyer Lisa Bloom has revealed that she is now representing 11 males with misconduct allegations towards Wang.
Bloom, who’s representing Nick, instructed DailyMail.com in an announcement final month: ‘The concept a pleasant textual content alternate between a sexual assault accuser and the accused after the alleged assault negates the accuser’s credibility is fake, and primarily based on an outdated understanding of sexual assault.
‘In just about each case, a sufferer of somebody they know, and particularly a celeb they admire and belief, will proceed the connection for a time frame, because of the psychological mechanisms of denial and disgrace.
‘Put merely, it is onerous to get your thoughts round the concept somebody you admire took benefit of you,’ Bloom mentioned, noting: ‘It takes the passage of time and a few maturity for a sufferer to look again and say, wait a minute, that wasn’t proper.’
Wang has been accused of sexual assault and spiking drinks with MDMA by a number of alleged victims who claimed Wang’s ‘predatory’ conduct was an open secret within the style business for years.
In December, Nick, 25, defined to DailyMail.com how he met Wang at a membership in Brooklyn in June of 2019.
Whereas Nick mentioned he would not consider his drink was spiked with MDMA as different accusers have claimed, he defined he was consuming closely round Wang, a lot in order that he blacked out – the one time he is ever accomplished so
Wang is understood for his bubbly, carefree persona and counts supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid (proper), Kendall Jenner, actress Zoe Kravitz (left) and singer Dua Lipa amongst his inside circle
He claimed one night time in August of that yr when he frolicked with Wang, the designer was ‘aggressive’ and carried out intercourse acts on him whereas he was in a blacked out state, as soon as in a packed membership and later that night time in an Uber.
The younger man instructed DailyMail.com: ‘This isn’t one thing I wished or one thing that I used to be going after and it ought to by no means have occurred, in that means particularly.
‘I am actually joyful that somebody did communicate out about it as a result of it made me notice my very own scenario was rather a lot completely different than what I had thought.
‘I believe there was a number of manipulation and I simply form of really feel performed. The entire #MeToo motion has been extra round girls and folks do not realize this may additionally occur to males, I being considered one of them. I believe it is a huge get up name to homosexual males.’
Nick, who was dwelling within the Bedford Stuyvesant part of Brooklyn on the time, first met Wang at 3 Greenback Invoice – a homosexual bar in East Williamsburg. He had gone to the venue with a buddy when he bumped into Wang.
Nick mentioned: ‘I form of seen him, however I did not realize it was him, however he stored form of coming as much as me and my buddy and dancing with us.
‘Later within the night time, he was getting a bit of bit extra aggressive, like pulling me, however within the membership that is simply form of regular. So I did not actually suppose that a lot of it.’
They exchanged contact particulars and Nick defined he thought Wang appeared ‘good and regular’, however mentioned ‘as soon as we began hanging out along with his mates, it was rather a lot completely different, it was much more aggressive.’
Whereas Nick mentioned he would not consider his drink was spiked with MDMA as different accusers have claimed, he defined he was consuming closely round Wang, a lot in order that he blacked out – the one time he is ever accomplished so.
He mentioned: ‘Every time I used to be blacked out, I’d come to consciousness, and he was doing one thing to me.’
Nick added: ‘I’m not a heavy drinker basically, however for me to black out I believe could be very extreme.
‘Once we would exit we might be at a desk, in order quickly as a drink could be completed a brand new one would already be there. It was truthfully onerous to maintain monitor after which we would be doing photographs.’
It was one of these heavy consuming that might happen the following time Nick met up with Wang at a bar named Lola within the East Village on August 24, 2019 with Wang’s circle of mates.
DailyMail.com has seen texts and Instagram direct messages between Wang and Nick, with the designer encouraging Nick to fulfill him at varied golf equipment.
In an alternate from August 24, 2019, Nick replies to Wang, asking the place he is at.
Wang offers Nick the handle, saying ‘it is enjoyable’. When Nick agrees to come back, Wang texts again: ‘Take a couple of photographs and meet up with me.’
When he arrived on the venue, Wang had a personal desk. Nick defined individuals acknowledged Wang and tried to take footage or be part of their desk, including he was barely uncomfortable being in a scenario the place individuals have been at all times wanting their means.
Nick described an evening of flowing drinks earlier than he blacked out, and when he got here to Wang was allegedly giving him a hand job whereas they have been dancing.
He mentioned: ‘I used to be shocked. I brushed him off, and he simply laughed it off.’
Nick added: ‘I am like subsequent to all of his mates which have been all girls… so I am form of shocked that it was regular for them.’
The group membership hopped that night time, and Nick mentioned he by no means actually knew the place he was after the preliminary bar.
He defined: ‘I actually solely exit in Brooklyn, so I did not know the areas that we have been going out within the Decrease East Facet, as a result of some have been new to me.
‘I used to be actually, actually drunk. So as soon as I spotted I used to be not capable of make it house alone as a result of I used to be consuming an excessive amount of, I requested Alex ”the place are we? What space?” and he simply would not inform me.’
It was after the third membership that night time when Nick mentioned he turned alert in an Uber and located Wang performing a intercourse act on him.
He mentioned: ‘Once more, I used to be blacked out and woke as much as him giving me oral within the automotive. This time I used to be telling him, ”we’re in a automotive!” His mates are additionally within the automotive, in order that’s why it was so odd.’
DailyMail.com has seen texts and Instagram direct messages between Wang and Nick, with the designer encouraging him to fulfill him out at varied golf equipment
However Nick mentioned he believes that is regular conduct for Wang, who did not appear phased by his shock or upset when he was instructed to cease.
‘Every time he is by no means actually shocked. Even when I develop into alert and bounce, realizing what’s occurring he simply acts prefer it’s regular,’ Nick mentioned.
Because of his intoxicated state, Nick ended up crashing at Wang’s house, going straight to mattress and leaving within the morning.
He defined: ‘I assumed it was extra a pleasant vibe. I by no means wished a romantic factor or something like that. I by no means wished something sexual with him.
‘For me, I used to be considering he is actually into me, with him being aggressive. I did not notice till studying different individuals’s experiences, it was one thing completely different on his aspect.’
The subsequent time Nick noticed Wang in fall of 2019, he describes the same night time to his earlier encounters, flowing drinks and partying.
He mentioned: ‘We drank rather a lot once more, however he wasn’t doing something as loopy, it was kind of the standard.’
The ultimate time Nick mentioned he noticed Wang, was this June. He went over to his condominium in downtown Manhattan the place they frolicked, talked and watched TV.
Whereas Nick mentioned Wang tried to get cuddly with him and make a transfer, he brushed him off for the ultimate time.
He mentioned: ‘It wasn’t as aggressive as the opposite nights, however I additionally brushed it off, I used to be like ”all proper, knock it off.”
‘I believe he was changing into conscious of that. I believe he most likely realized I did not need something sexual, so there wasn’t actually any level to hang around.’
Past the 2 cases when Nick was too intoxicated to consent, the 2 males by no means had a bodily relationship, Nick mentioned.
Numerous victims have maintained that Wang’s conduct had been one thing of an open secret for months, if not years.
Nick mentioned he is sharing his story as a result of it has been ‘eye-opening’ for him.
He mentioned: ‘I assumed what was occurring was regular. The factor that is so surprising about this, I felt all of this was regular till I began seeing different individuals’s tales and experiences and it sounded similar to mine.
‘For homosexual males, this may be regular and it is tolerated and nobody actually talks about it.’
Mooney, a mannequin and graphic designer, got here ahead along with his story in a pair of TikTok movies that went viral Within the first video (left) Mooney alleged that he’d been ‘touched up’ by a ‘actually well-known designer’ whereas he and his mates have been watching rapper CupcakKe carry out at a membership three years in the past. He did not present a reputation till the second video (proper), after commenters guessed that it was Wang
The allegations towards Wang went viral, when business watchdog Sh*t Mannequin Administration posted tales from a number of completely different accusers on Instagram (pictured)
One alleged sufferer additionally claimed Wang had accomplished the identical ‘Molly water trick on me’, whereas one other accused him of drugging two mates in 2014
Wang’s representatives have denied Nick’s claims telling DailyMail.com: ‘The textual content messages that we’ve from this “Nick” character to our shopper inform a really completely different story than the one reported.’
‘Regardless of claiming that Alex sexually assaulted him twice in a single night time whereas he (Nick) was supposedly blacked out drunk, he has repeatedly and persistently reached out to Alex for the reason that alleged incidents to ask him clubbing, asking him to hang around, smoke weed, and chill. At the same time as not too long ago as final weekend, the man was texting Alex joyful birthday messages.’
Accusations towards Wang made information after Mooney’s account of his expertise went viral and business watchdog Sh*t Mannequin Administration (SMM) started sharing screenshots of allegations despatched in by nameless customers.
In two TikTok movies, Mooney alleged that he’d been ‘touched up’ by a ‘actually well-known designer’ whereas he and his mates have been watching rapper CupcakKe carry out at a membership three years in the past.
He did not present a reputation till the second video, after commenters guessed that it was Wang.
‘I used to be on my own at one level and this man subsequent to me clearly took at benefit of the truth that nobody may f**king transfer,’ Mooney mentioned.
‘And he simply began touching me up. Like, absolutely up my leg, in my crotch. It made me freeze utterly me as a result of I used to be in a lot shock.
‘Then I look to my left to see who it was and it was a extremely well-known designer and I simply could not consider that he was doing that to me.’
He described the incident as ‘actually f**ked up’ and mentioned he needed to ‘slowly transfer away’ from the designer he branded a ‘sexual predator’ in his second video.
One other accuser Nick Ward claimed Wang ‘grabbed’ his crotch at a DJ occasion in Brooklyn in 2017.
‘As he was passing, he swung, squeezed me, and stored strolling,’ Ward instructed Insider.
‘By the point I spotted what occurred, I simply introduced to my buddy: ‘that man simply grabbed my d**okay’ and so they’re all like, ‘that was Alexander Wang.”
Ward first detailed the incident in a Twitter thread on September 11, 2017, which was shared on Instagram by the style account Food plan Prada, which boasts greater than 2.3 million followers.
One of many unnamed accusers who spoke to SMM claimed their buddy, who’s a trans man, had been driving in a limo with Wang after a celebration ‘some time in the past’ when the designer provided him water and made positive he drank all of it.
‘A number of moments after, they seen they have been rolling and had been giving molly water,’ the nameless particular person claimed.
‘This was an everyday prevalence as a result of a yr after being instructed this story, I additionally heard different individuals verify that in addition they bought drugged on the way in which to any after occasion.’
One other alleged sufferer additionally claimed Wang had accomplished the identical ‘Molly water trick on me’, whereas a 3rd accused him of drugging two mates in 2014.
Food plan Prada asserted that allegations towards Wang have been circulating for months if not years.