25 Epic CEO Gaffes and Misdeeds

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24. Dov Charney


Letting it “all hang out” at the office takes on a new meaning when you work for American Apparel (AA), the US’s largest clothing manufacturer. When Dov Charney came to a design meeting wearing only underwear, he said “it’s normal, come on, we design underwear!”

“Yes, it’s normal to see Dov in his underwear,” said one of the many females who sued Charney for sexual harassment. “How else can he market his product?” As Dov explains it, “I often drop my pants in meetings and to potential advertisers and show off our product.”

But what of the five suits alleging that Dov demanding her boss “perform simulated masturbation?” as one plaintiff alleges, or that another claims she was routinely asked to do things outside of her job description, including, hiring “massage therapists?”

If there’s one redeeming quality about this self-admitted “healthy sex obsessed” CEO, it’s that his shenanigans aren’t making a fool of some wife who’s long since considered filing for divorce.

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24. Dov Charney

Written by Drea Knufken

Drea Knufken

Currently, I create and execute content- and PR strategies for clients, including thought leadership and messaging. I also ghostwrite and produce press releases, white papers, case studies and other collateral.