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