American Apparel Seeks Retraction Of 10-Page Exposé, May Seek Legal Action

Clamor, an award-winning Ohio-based quarterly magazine, is prepping a 10-page section analyzing American Apparel‘s business model and sexual harassment claims made against the clothing company’s outspoken founder Dov Charney. American Apparel, in turn, has sent letters to the magazine demanding a retraction and removal of the article from its Web site, according to the magazine’s editors. Clamor editor Jen Angel says the magazine has “no intention” issuing a retraction.

In an e-mail to Clamor (provided to FishbowlNY by the magazine’s editors) American Apparel media relations director Cynthia Semon wrote “if the article is not immediately removed online, along with a retraction and an [sic] public apology posted online and published appropriately, we will be forced to seek legal action in light of such gross, blatant, negligent and irresponsible journalism.”

“We’re publishing articles here that are critical of American Apparel’s business practices and challenge the credibility of their carefully crafted ‘progressive’ identity, and they’re not happy about that,” Clamor co-founder Jason Kucsma said in a statement. “That a social justice magazine with a yearly operating budget of less than $150 thousand is being issued an ultimatum by a company that turned $250 million in profit last year seems a little incongruous to me.”

The issue is slated to hit newsstands September 1.