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Dov Charney, the founder, president, and CEO of American Apparel, was fired on Wednesday night according to a statement released by the company. American Apparel's board voted to fire Charney over an "ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct," which lends itself to a lot of speculation considering that Charney has admitted to having sexual relations with his workers in the past and has had to deal with more than one lawsuit involving sexual harassment over the years. There's also the fact that American Apparel is continually in hot water over its overtly sexual ads.
John Luttrell, the Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer of the company, has been named the interim CEO. Allan Mayer, one of the board members appointed to co-chairman of the board in the wake of Charney's departure, said in the statement that the board was supportive of the decision. "We take no joy in this, but the board felt it was the right thing to do," said Mayer. "Dov Charney created American Apparel, but the Company has grown much larger than any one individual and we are confident that its greatest days are still ahead."
· American Apparel Board Votes to Oust CEO Charney [NY Times]
· Dov Charney Gives Zero Effs About 'Made in America' [Racked]
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