Fashion designer Jacobs' firm subject of probe

Wed Feb 6, 2008 5:47pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top fashion designer Marc Jacobs' company is under investigation by New York's attorney general for possibly bribing an employee of a state armory to hold a fashion show there, the attorney general's office said on Wednesday.

"Marc Jacobs International is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation by the Attorney General," Jeffrey Lerner, a spokesman for New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Cuomo announced the indictment of a former superintendent of the 69th Regiment Armory for extortion and bribery. James Jackson, who ran the armory for over eight years, is charged with demanding over $30,000 to allow Marc Jacobs to hold fashion shows and other events at the facility.

The investigation is ongoing, Cuomo's office said.

Marc Jacobs held a fashion show there on Tuesday for one of the company's labels and is hosted his main Fashion Week runway show at the building on Friday.

A lawyer representing the fashion house was not immediately available for comment.

The armory, a national historic landmark, has been the headquarters of New York's "Fighting 69th" infantry regiment since 1904. It continues to be a home for other military units deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

(Reporting by Edith Honan, editing by Mark Egan and Jeffrey Benkoe)