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Legion Partners has taken the unusual step of tapping third-party support from former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in its campaign to remove the founders of fashion retailer Guess over allegations of sexual misconduct.
According to a disclosure, the former Fox television anchor and #metoo movement leader partnered with Legion to craft and send an email to Guess shareholders asking them to support the activist.
Carlson sued Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes for harassment and retaliation in 2016. She is now an advocate for greater workplace safety for women, including legislation limiting the ability of companies to force employees lodging harassment claims into arbitration.
“There is a very important ‘vote no’ campaign being undertaken by Legion Partners against directors Paul and Maurice Marciano,” Carlson wrote in the email. “Every vote is important and we believe you may be able to vote a number of Guess shares.”
She then requests that the investor provide an “appropriate contact person with whom myself and Legion Partners may discuss our perspectives in regards to the situation.”
Legion believes a swathe of sexual-misconduct allegations against Paul Marciano in the past four decades acts as a drag on the company and the brother’s continued involvement prevents the fashion company from prospering.
The 2.5% activist shareholder is running a withhold campaign to remove Paul, Guess’ chief creative officer, and his brother Maurice from the board at the company’s upcoming April 22 annual meeting.