John Casablanca, founder of leading model agency Elite, has been named in a sex abuse lawsuit by an aspiring model who claims he made her pregnant at the age of 15, and then arranged an abortion -- all more than 15 years ago.
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Casablanca, 60, whose Elite agency has represented supermodels such as Cindy Crawford (news) and Naomi Campbell, is accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The plaintiff's name was not made public.
Lawyers for Casablanca said the allegations were fabricated and were confident the case would be dismissed.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, alleges that
Casablanca began sexually abusing the girl in 1988 when she was a finalist in Elite's prestigious "Look of the Year" competition for fresh new faces.
The former model said she traveled with Casablanca to New York later that year when it was discovered she was pregnant by him. She alleges she was driven to a doctor's office and an abortion was arranged for her at the behest of
Casablanca set up the Elite agency in New York in 1970 and made itsintosone of the world's leading model agencies.
The name of the plaintiff in the Los Angeles lawsuit is being withheld but her lawyer said she was now in her 30s, married with two children, and living in San Diego.
"What happened to me should never happen to any little girl. I hope that by coming forward I can protect other minor boys and girls working for Elite or any other agency," the plaintiff said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Her lawyer Raymond Boucher said that despite the years she was "still grappling with the horrors of what happened."