Model Carre Sutton, just 17, claims she was repeatedly raped at the hands of one of the most powerful men in the industry when she was 17.
Gerald Marie was married with Linda Evangelista – the famous supermodel – but while his wife was away, Sutton claims she was sexually assaulted over several weeks by the French agent.
Sutton, in a tearful interview with a documentary, said that “he basically forced himself upon me and raped”
“I can still remember feeling so scared and devastated.”
Sutton, now 53 years old, has told Sky News that she would be happy to meet Marie in court. Marie strongly denies any sexual abuse allegations against Sutton from multiple women.
It is not possible to prove that Marie divorced Evangelista in 1993.
In 2020, she released a statement praising her ex-partner’s courage and strength, writing: “Hearing them now and based upon my own experiences, i believe that they are telling me the truth.”
Sutton is one of 11 women who reportedly testified to Paris’s prosecutor that Marie, former European head of Elite modeling agency, sexually assaulted them.
France’s statutes of limitations require that allegations of sexual abuse be reported within 20 years for minors and 30 years for adults.
Sutton believes that Marie was not the only victim she has been accused of, and is calling for them to come forward.
Sky News: “I don’t believe perpetrators just flip switches,” she said.
“I came forward because I have daughters. They shouldn’t have to adapt to what I did for so many years.
“It’s still an unregulated industry that works with minors mainly, and young adults.
It’s outrageous that it’s the only unregulated industry.
Modeling industry “totally complicit” with abuse
Sutton and three other women talk about the sexual abuse they suffered while modeling in a documentary called Scouting For Girls Fashion’s Darkest Secret.
Sutton, who was married to Mickey Rourke once, says that people in the industry were “totally complicit” to the abuses of models, especially in Paris.
She claims she was asked to cast casting roles at the homes and offices of “known perpetrators” photographers, where she was instructed to expose her body.
She says, “This was completely normal.”
They would often stay up late and late into the evening.
“It was the weak and those who weren’t making it big who were being preyed upon.”
‘Groomed by our agents and sold by them’
Jill Dodd claims that Marie raped her after she went out to Paris as a model in 1980.
She continued to have a relationship to Adnan Khashoggi (the late Saudi arms dealer, once referred to as the richest man in all of the world).
She claims that she discovered Khashoggi paid Marie’s modeling agency Paris Planning up to $50,000 to be introduced.
Sky News’ Dodd says: “We were young and being taken advantage, and groomed, and sold by agents.
“It’s a fact that I know, and I have been beating myself up about it for years… “How could I be so stupid?” This could have happened, how could it?
“In reality, they were more powerful than me and plotted against me.
“A perpetrator in our hands”
Jean-Luc Brunel is another senior figure in modelling who has been accused of sexual abuse in documentary. He is an associate of Jeffrey Epstein.
Brunel, like Epstein, was also found dead in prison on February 1, after he had committed suicide.
In December 2020, he was taken into custody as part of an investigation into sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape allegations.
Marianne Shine claims that Brunel raped her while she was working in Paris as a model in the 1980s. She tells Sky News that it was an “infuriating” experience to learn of his death.
She says, “Here we actually had the perpetrator in our hands.”
“There were many times that I wanted to go to Paris to testify, but then they put it off and put off.”
Shine, now a therapist claims that she was sexually assaulted by Claude Haddad (the late French modeling agent), who cast her out “because she wouldn’t play the games” – and other people who behaved in an inappropriate way towards her.
She said, “I recall doing a test shoot with an photographer once and he told me that if you want your photos to be taken, we need to all sleep together.”
“This type of thing happened all the times.
“I complained to my agent about it, and they were like ‘ahbaby, come on’. It was nothing.
“Master groomers and master manipulators”
Shine believes that there is a common theme to the men who perpetrated the abuse she and other models experienced.
She said: “I believe some men are very small or have something inside that makes them feel that their only power is to be abusive, intimidating, or threatening.”
“When it comes down to the modeling industry, they manipulate and dangle these dreams and these potential modelling jobs in front us and we believe them.
“As long we accept it, it’s fine. If we disagree with it, it’s out of our hands.”
She continues, “They were master groomers as well as master manipulators.” They were our authoritative figures.
They held all the purse strings. They had everything.”
Interviews with Shawna Lee, a fourth woman from Canada, are featured in the documentary. Shawna was 15 years old when she entered the Look of the Year modeling contest in 1992.
Lee was sent to Paris by Elite in the weeks before the competition, which Donald Trump judged last year. She claims she was raped and abused by Gerald Marie.
Marie says Marie discovered she confided in another model. She then berated Marie, suggesting that her career was at risk and asking her: “What other job are you going to do?” Turn burgers back home.
“Most models don’t have a voice”
Marie has been sued by Sutton in New York. She says she is ready to go to trial.
Sky News: “I’m here for justice.”
“I’m here to protect workers’ rights, to equalize, to heal what happened to me, and to help so many survivors who were completely innocent.
“I am in this to see the industry change, and I am in this for statute of limitations reform.
This has been no easy task. This has been one the most challenging two years in my life.”
Sutton, a mother of two teenage girls, still has safety concerns and won’t let her children become models.
Sky News: “I have 13-year-old and 15-year old (daughters), and that’s just not going to happen,” she says.
Dodd believes that famous models are less likely to be abused. He said: “The big stars don’t often get abused as much” as unknown girls with no money or who knew nothing about them.
“It was more secretive.
“Famous models have a voice. “I didn’t have voice, and most models don’t have voices.”
A lawyer for Gerald Marie stated in the documentary that he “firmly objects to” the “false accusations made against him.”
The lawyer said that he remained calm and refused to take part in the dishonest and fallacious media controversy that was started more than thirty years ago.
Brunel, who died before his death, denied any wrongdoing in his industry career and claimed that he never abused women.
Haddad, who was killed in 2009, stated that he had never forced any women with whom he had been “been”.
Scouting For Girls: Fashion’s Darkest Secret is available on Sky Documentaries and streaming services NOW, Friday 24 June.