Kate Upton 'happy' women have platform to speak out against harassment

Earlier this month, the Sports Illustrated model accused Guess co-founder Paul Marciano of sexual misconduct - allegations he has denied.

Model Kate Upton attends Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 Launch Event at Magic Hour at Moxy Times Square on 14 February 2018 in New York City. Picture: AFP

LOS ANGELES - Kate Upton has said she's "really excited" about the movement allowing women to speak out about sexual harassment, and is glad to help create a platform for others to share their own experiences.

Earlier this month, the Sports Illustrated model accused Guess co-founder Paul Marciano of sexual misconduct - allegations he has denied - and she has now spoken of her excitement with the "#metoo" movement encouraging other women not to be silent.

She told Entertainment Tonight: "I appreciate the support so much. It's such an exciting time for women because now we have a platform to not allow the norm to be the norm anymore.

"I'm just really excited about this movement and am happy to create a platform for other women to speak their stories as well."

Upton, 25, believes change was necessary in the modelling industry to make it a safer environment and suggested the best way to achieve that is for women to keep speaking out.

She said: "I think it's women continuing to speak out and not accept what was the norm [that will create change]... And to expect being treated in a professional way in a professional setting."

Her comments come after she told _Time _magazine that, when she first met Marciano in 2011, he "forcibly" grabbed her breasts.

She added: "He started feeling them - playing with them actually. After I pushed him away, he said, 'I'm making sure they're real.'"

As the meeting went on, she claimed he continued to touch her in a "very dominating and aggressive way".

Marciano has denied Upton's allegations.

He said: "I fully support the #metoo movement. At the same time, I will not allow others to defame me and tarnish my reputation. I have pledged to Guess and its Board of Directors my full support and cooperation with a fair and impartial investigation."