- Report: #743752
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: Academy of Couture Art
Academy of Couture Art8687 Melrose Ave. G520 West Hollywood, California United States of America
Academy of Couture Art emotional abuse false accusations psychotic breakdown sexual harassment West Hollywood, California
*REBUTTAL Individual responds: NOTHING will change at the Academy of Couture Art in West Hollywood !!!
*Author of original report: Rebuttal to DWS at Academy of Couture Art
*UPDATE Employee: My Experience with the ACA is VERY Different
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I am a former contract employee and instructor at the Academy of Couture Art. While I cannot corroborate claims of fraud or misrepresentation against Sonia and Thierry ETE, I also found the scarcity of online information about either one of these mid-career professionals to be highly suspect. Furthermore, it amazed me as a language specialist that Sonia ETE hadn't mastered some French after three supposed years of intensive study in Paris (not to mention the rudiments of English after thirty years of life in the US as an emigre).
After an initially friendly reception the ETEs' behavior towards me became increasingly bizarre and confrontational, causing me to fear for my safety and resign after several months of part-time administrative and teaching work. I was constantly attacked, criticized, harassed, and hounded over every conceivable detail of dress and demeanor in ways that made THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA seem like a walk in the park. [continued below]....
Following a visit to the emergency room immediately after my escape, I attempted to file a report against ACA at the local police station but could not proceed through that particular channel. Having had dealings with many fine young talents and legitimate authorities from FIDM and other fashion schools in the meantime, I am more determined than ever to bring these issues to light in the service of protecting future ACA students, employees, and associates.
It has taken me some years to recover fully and move on from my grievous experiences at ACA. I would never want for my silence to contribute unwittingly to others' suffering and am available for further elaboration at any time. Ironically, my new fashion-based international consulting business continues to thrive and can always use dedicated interns.
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