Earlier this year, multiple people came forward accusing the fashion designer of sexual harassment and assault. You can read about some of the allegations here and here.
In January of this year, Wang denied the allegations in a statement, calling them "false, fabricated, and mostly anonymous allegations against me" — but this evening, the designer issued a new statement on his Instagram story, accepting some responsibility for his past behavior.
“A number of individuals have come forward recently to raise claims against me regarding my past personal behavior," the statement began. "I support their right to come forward, and I’ve listened carefully to what they had to say."
"It was not easy for them to share their stories, and I regret acting in a way that caused them pain."
"While we disagree on some of the details of these personal interactions, I will set a better example and use my visibility and influence to encourage others to recognize harmful behaviors."
"Life is about learning and growth, and now that I know better, I will do better.”
Attorney Lisa Bloom — who is representing 10 men who have come forward with allegations against Wang — also released a statement, saying "My clients had the opportunity to speak their truth to him and expressed their pain and hurt. We acknowledge Mr. Wang’s apology and we are moving forward."
If you or someone you know is being or has been sexually abused, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673 or chat with someone online here.