A bogus NSW-based “fashion designer” has pleaded guilty to assaulting four bikini models.
“[He would] get up very close, right up against your body, and grab your hips, and arse, and your chest.”
“He called me a ‘stupid fat slut’.”
“[If] I didn’t kiss him back then he would be angry… [he] grabbed my hand and made me touch his erected penis.”
Those are just some of the catalogue of allegations made by models, some as young as 16, against a Sydney man claiming to be a club promoter and fashion designer.
And now, after a Facebook campaign to expose his sleazy operation, Shardie “Shardz” Houranis has pleaded guilty to 14 indecent assault charges against four of his models at Waverley Local Court.
Sydney Morning Herald reports the 31-year-old met three of his victims through his Facebook page Sanija Fashion.
He promised to pay these young women for photo shoots or to give them high-quality bikinis for their work. But instead of reimbursing them, he forced the women into swimsuits that were too small, mocked their looks, groped their bodies and became angry when they rejected his advances.
One woman told, A Current Affair in an episode screened earlier this year that he asked her breast size before groping her.
“Sorry, honey, just trying to see what size breasts you have,” he said, according to the police facts.
“You need to let your guard down if we are going to work together,” he added. “You need to be comfortable.”
Another woman alleged in a Facebook post that Houranis “touched me inappropriately, tried kissing me and told me if I didn’t kiss him back then he would be angry … grabbed my hand and made me touch his erected penis!”
Another young model took to her own blog to document how uncomfortable she was made to feel by Houranis’s alleged advances.
“Our conversations were becoming frequent and compelling and quickly became unprofessional,” she claimed. “He began making advances via text message with the attempt of organising dates and telling me we were getting married.”