Alexander Wang addresses sexual misconduct claims: 'Now that I know better, I will do better'

Charles Trepany, USA TODAY
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Alexander Wang is promising to "do better" after facing a string of sexual misconduct allegations in recent months.

In a statement posted Tuesday on his Instagram, the fashion designer addressed claims about his "past personal behavior" and acknowledged his accusers' pain.

"I support their right to come forward, and I've listened carefully to what they had to say," he continued. "It was not easy for them to share their stories, and I regret acting in a way that caused them pain."

Though Wang said he disagrees with his accusers about "some of the details of these personal interactions," he promised to "set a better example" and to "encourage others to recognize harmful behaviors."

"Life is about learning and growth, and now that I know better, I will do better," he added.

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Lisa Bloom, an attorney representing 11 of Wang's accusers, said in a statement to USA TODAY on Tuesday that her clients have met with the fashion designer and seen his latest statement.

"My clients had the opportunity to speak their truth to him and expressed their pain and hurt," she said. "We acknowledge Mr. Wang’s apology and we are moving forward."

Wang has been the subject of sexual misconduct allegations on social media, including from British model Owen Mooney, who described in a TikTok being groped by a "really famous fashion designer" in a crowded New York City club in 2017. In a later TikTok, Mooney said Wang was the designer who groped him.

The Guardian published an article in January detailing more allegations, including from trans model and actor Gia Garison, who said Wang tried to expose her genitals at a party in 2017.

Wang's latest statement stands in contrast to his original comment about the allegations in January, when he slammed the accusations as false and fabricated.

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At the time, he wrote on Instagram, "these baseless allegations were started on social media by sites which repeatedly disregarded the value and importance of evidence or fact checking," adding that his team was investigating the claims.

He continued, "I am fortunate to have received an overwhelming amount of support over the last few days and am thankful to those standing by my side at this time."

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