In an explosive report, the Washington Post alleges that in recent years, at least 10 of the women who were allegedly paid to pose as model employees at fashion companies including Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton have also worked in government and military positions.
The scandal has reignited questions about how the government, military, and other agencies operate in the industry.
As BuzzFeed reported last week, the women’s claims have led to multiple investigations and lawsuits.
The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, reports that some of the alleged victims have also been charged in criminal cases.
BuzzFeed also claims that these cases have not been independently corroborated, and that they are part of a larger pattern of misconduct.
As the Post writes, the cases of the 10 women are part and parcel of a “troubling pattern of sexual misconduct and abuse that has been widespread and pervasive in the fashion industry,” including alleged instances of forced prostitution and assault.
“This is a story that has not been told,” said Jessica Williams, the executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
“While it is possible that more victims have come forward, these 10 women represent the tip of the iceberg.
It is also important to note that these are only allegations and that the number of other women who have come out with similar claims has not yet been determined.
This is not the first time that these stories have come to light.
This issue has been brewing for years, and there is an extensive list of other alleged victims who are also victims.
While the women have not yet come forward with corroborating information, we have seen this issue before in the past and it has not gone away.”
BuzzFeed’s reporting on the case is corroborated by the National Center for Women and Girls, which released a report last month detailing an “unprecedented” wave of allegations against the U.S. military, including sexual assault, in the military and in the U;s Department of Defense.
According to the report, these cases include alleged sexual assault of enlisted personnel and assault of female personnel at the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps Academy.
The report said that of the reported cases, “The number of assaults against female military personnel has reached an unprecedented high, and many more cases have been reported.”
BuzzFeed News obtained the report through a Freedom of Information Act request.
BuzzFeed News has reached out to the Defense Department for comment.
BuzzFeed reported that while the military is “investigating more than 100 allegations” involving military personnel, it did not comment on any specific allegations.
The agency has reportedly sent more than 200 emails to BuzzFeed’s reporter, BuzzFeed, seeking comment.
In one of the emails, the agency sent a copy of a letter from former Marine Major James Cavanaugh, the commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, which is responsible for investigating allegations of sexual assault and misconduct by its officers.
The letter stated that “several of the allegations made against [the Marine Corps] Commanding General have been investigated by the Commandant of the Marine Corp. and have been substantiated,” according to BuzzFeed.
“The Commandant has made clear that he is taking the allegations seriously and will work with the Marine corps to address the issues identified,” Cavanaugh wrote.
In a statement, a spokesman for the Commanding Generals Office of Inspector General told BuzzFeed News that the Marine general’s office is “reviewing the allegations against Commandant Cavanaugh.”
BuzzFeed said it also obtained a letter that Cavanaugh sent to BuzzFeed, in which he stated that while he has “no knowledge” of the allegation, he is “looking into the matter.”
BuzzFeed reported on Wednesday that BuzzFeed has received “at least one complaint” against Cavanaugh that is being investigated by a civilian oversight board.
According the report from the Center on Media and Democracy, the board’s investigation was conducted by a special counsel, Robert Mueller, and has already uncovered allegations that Cidalga and other officials “misappropriated and misused military personnel for personal financial gain, violated ethics rules, and otherwise acted with dishonesty.”
Mueller has also called for “a full and thorough” investigation into the allegations, as BuzzFeed has previously reported.