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Alexander McQueen Staff Accused Of Racial Harassment

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Employees at the Alexander McQueen store located in the Meatpacking District of New York are being accused of racially harassing a security guard.

Not only have they been accused of making inappropriate and derogatory comments about Othman Ibela, but they've also made racist comments about President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been seen wearing many McQueen designs, including the fiery red gown she wore to the State dinner in 2011 (above).

22-year-old Ibela, who is originally from Gabon, located in Central Africa, has accused the store manager, yes, the STORE MANAGER, of attacking him to the point where he "wanted to kill them and kill myself."

He says that during the years of 2011-2013, shop clerk Kimberly Mahnke "repeatedly made jokes about me running nude in Africa with a spear in my hand," and that the Obamas would be "kicked out of the White House and 'sent back to Africa' after the 2012 elections."

Meanwhile, manager Catherine Flynn would ask him on numerous occasions "why Muslims were always killing people" and made fun of his accent.

His claims with the Equal Employee Opportunity Commission state that they ignored black customers, unless they were celebs. Ibela says:

"When Beyoncé came in, everyone wanted to help."

It got so bad that he was hospitalized for anxiety attacks and depression. Awful!

Thankfully, Ibela decided enough was enough and quit January after his pay was docked and his hours were cut when he was asked to be assigned.

Mahnke has since replied to the allegations, saying:

"There was nothing like that."

Considering how harsh the claims are, it's hard to believe he would make up such false statements.


[Image via Getty Images.]

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One comment to “Alexander McQueen Staff Accused Of Racial Harassment”

  1. chachi says – reply to this


    Sounds deplorable! I hope that if it is true, they all get fired! That is not what the brand is about and it is a shame to see such hatred spread through a workplace like that.