David Tlale denies former employee's rape allegations

David Tlale denies former employee's rape allegations

Renowned fashion designer, David Tlale, has responded to allegations that he sexually assaulted his former employee three years ago. 

David Tlale
David Tlale/ YouTube screenshot

David Tlale is denying allegations of sexual assault levelled against him. 

Over the weekend, social media was abuzz after entrepreneur Sindile Zack Dudumashe shared a heartbreaking story of how the fashion designer took advantage of him while he was working with him three years ago. 

Dudumashe said the two met while he was working for African Fashion International. 

He said Tlale was a role model to him. 

"I was charmed and inspired by him. A role model to me at the time," he said. 

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The entrepreneur then went on to detail how the sexual abuse occurred. 

"To cut a long story short, he drugged and sexually abused me, he then exploited me of my skills during the pandemic.

“He would ask I write him, pressers, sponsorship proposals and other strategies/copy, promise to pay me, often in clothing but wouldn't actually and when I'd remind him, he'd get defensive and gaslight me.”

David has denied all the allegations and says they are aimed at destroying his reputation. 

“These allegations are categorically false and only seek to cause me serious harm and also seek to undermine the lived experiences of those who are real victims of sexual assault of any nature,” he said.

The fashion guru said he will be handling the issue as a legal matter. 

“While I consult with my internal team of experts on this matter, this shall be the first and only comment on this issue until I am advised otherwise,” said Tlale.

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David Tlale screenshot
David Tlale screenshot

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