Linda Evangelista has publicly sided with the four models who have accused her ex-husband, former Elite Modelling agency head Gerald Marie, of sexual misconduct and rape.
Praising the “courage and strength” of the women, the supermodel, who was married to Marie between 1987 and 1993, told the Guardian that “based on her own experiences” with Marie, she believed the women.
“During my relationship with Gérald Marie, I knew nothing of these sexual allegations against him, so I was unable to help these women,” Evangelista told the paper.
“Hearing them now, and based on my own experiences, I believe that they are telling the truth. It breaks my heart because these are wounds that may never heal, and I admire their courage and strength for speaking up today.”
France has opened a rape investigation into Marie, for the abuse of up to nine models.
Former model and Mickey Rourke’s ex-wife Carré Otis has claimed Marie repeatedly raped her when she