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Jeans CEO

Accused of Trying to

Get in Employee's Pants

8/27/2007 7:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rock and Republic clothing's CEO and lead designer, Michael Ball, is being sued by a former employee for sexual harassment.

Michael Ball, Rock and Republic
TMZ obtained the lawsuit, filed August 17 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, that claims in November of 2006, Nicole Baros interviewed with Ball to be his personal assistant. During the five-minute interview, Baros alleges Ball asked her if she "had a boyfriend." The lawsuit claims that during her first month of employment, Ball made unwanted sexual advances towards her, such as "touching her hair, and continually staring at Baros' breasts and butt," and one point told her he wanted to "sleep with her."

The lawsuit also alleges at the company Christmas party Ball "cornered Baros in a room and attempted to kiss her ... then proceeded to stick his hand down plaintiff's pants." Later that month, she says she went to Ball's home to have him sign company checks and he answered the door in his underwear. She then says he chased her "around his apartment, grabbed her and threw her on his bed."

In the end, Baros claims she was not selected to go to Fashion Week in New York City, and was "let go and was told that there was not enough work for her."

Rock and Republic clothing has adorned the backsides of celebrities like Carmen Electra, Kate Winslet and Avril Lavigne.

A rep for the fashion line did not return our call for comment.

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61.

United    

outraged rights groups are planning action against leading SoCal fashion retailers to protest sale of Rock & Republic jeans

2544 days ago
62.

whatever    

Obviously a bunch of people from Rock & Republic posted all these goofy messages about how hot this guy is and how the girl wanted it. Check out the new charges from another person that just came out in July. Not to mention the third set of charges from the origional model. Rock & Republic sucks and fits like crap. Thier jeans all look the same and thier fifteen min are up. They also treat thier retailer accounts like crap.

2531 days ago
63.

whatever    

Oh yeah, this guy is also being sued by his Canadian distributer who was the first person to get this line to sell. He consulted with Michael and Andrea and got the line selling in the US and was stiffed on his commission. (Michael and Andrea both own this line and both think they are quite better than the rest of us out here)

This guy Micahael also has some heavy criminal record. Not sure what, but I read that he does. Would be interesting to find out.

I would like to hear a real article about this line, both owners, the full stories, and the full pasts. Whats up TMZ?

2531 days ago
64.

funtimes    

when is the rape trial of mickey ball licker ???

2504 days ago
65.

funtimes    

when is the rape trial of mickey ball licker ???

2504 days ago
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