A BBC Panorama subject reported that he discovered a condom within him after waking up from a drug-induced slumber.
The Abercrombie Guys: The Dark Side of Cool, a channel investigative documentary, accused Abercrombie & Fitch’s former CEO Mike Jeffries of soliciting men for sex in exchange for a modelling contract.
One such hopeful, whose identity was withheld, described his interactions with the company and stated why he thought he had been ‘date raped’ during an event organised by the CEO and his partner Matthew Smith.
The young man, identified as Alex in the documentary, said that he was sent to Marrakech to dance and model after being forced to perform oral sex.
When he came, he stated that he had been summoned off the stage and had elected to sleep down in one of the venue’s back rooms.
He went on to say that he couldn’t remember falling asleep and awoke with a loose condom in his anus.
Following his startling finding, the man assumed he had been ‘raped’ and that the condom had come off during the deed, but that his assailant had kept thrusting themself into him while he was sleeping.
He did not identify his assailant, and there were other persons who may have been involved.
Later in his interview, he confessed that following his vacation, he fell ill and had skin rashes, prompting him to see a clinic.
Alex said that he was HIV positive and that he believed the only way he could have gotten the disease was while in Marrakech because he always practised safe sex.
Mr Jeffries and Mr Smith did not react to the BBC’s repeated attempts for comment on the claims stated in the video, according to the BBC.
An Abercrombie & Fitch Co spokesperson explained to MailOnline: ‘We are appalled and disgusted by the behavior described in the allegations against Mr. Jeffries, whose employment with Abercrombie & Fitch Co. ended in 2014, nearly ten years ago.
‘Speaking up and coming forward is not easy, and our thoughts are with those who bravely raised their voices. Since being contacted by the BBC, we have engaged an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation into the issues raised.
BBC Panorama reveals allegations that a former fashion mogul exploited young men for sex at events he hosted in the US and around the world
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‘The company’s current executive leadership team and board of directors were not aware of the allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Jeffries.
‘For close to a decade, a new executive leadership team and refreshed board of directors have successfully transformed our brands and culture into the values-driven organization we are today. We have zero tolerance for abuse, harassment or discrimination of any kind.’
BBC Panorama – The Abercrombie Guys: The Dark Side of Cool is available to watch on iPlayer.