Accusations of designer Alexander Wang groping and harassing people at nightclubs surfaced at the end of 2020, sparked by model Owen Mooney’s account of Wang allegedly groping him at a club in 2017. Since Mooney’s account, several other victims have come forward, both on the record with the New York Times, the Guardian, and New York Magazine, and anonymously.
After previously calling the allegations “false, fabricated, and mostly anonymous,” Wang posted a new statement to his personal Instagram account on Monday evening. In the post, he writes, “I support their right to come forward, and I’ve listened carefully to what they had to say. It was not easy for them to share their stories, and I regret acting in a way that caused them pain.” The statement goes on to say that while Wang and his accusers “disagree on some of the details of these personal interactions,” the designer vows to “do better.”
The statement is the designer’s first acknowledgement of any wrongdoing. Lisa Bloom, the lawyer representing 10 of Wang’s accusers, posted her own statement on Twitter: “We have met with Alexander Wang and his team. My clients had the opportunity to speak their truth to him and expressed their pain and hurt. We acknowledge Mr. Wang’s apology and we are moving forward. We have no further comment on this matter.”