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Nolé Marin Accused of Harassing a Model

Ruh roh! Stylist and fashion consultant Nole Marin was slapped with a lawsuit yesterday reports the New York Daily News. Model Nicholas Hamman-Howe said the former America's Next Top Model judge made unwanted sexual advances on him, claiming that he'd help launch his career in exchange:

Hamman-Howe, who earned a master's degree in business from Baruch College this year, says in the suit he had never considered a modeling career. But he met Marin in 2007, and the fashion stylist told him he could strike it rich as an underwear or swimwear model because of his "extraordinary physique."

The meeting led to an October 2007 photo shoot at Marin's apartment where Hamman-Howe says he was subjected to crass come-ons and fondling after he stripped down to his underwear.

Unfortunately, this sort of thing happens often to models just starting out in the industry, but it tends to be mostly women who are preyed upon by men, so this is an interesting twist, should it be true. Marin's lawyers have already responded, saying :"The complaint is rife with so many false allegations - from the mundane to the sensational, that Mr. Hammam-Howe's attorneys should be ashamed".

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