Former Calvin Klein CEO Arnold Simon Sued for Allegedly Giving Woman Herpes
A woman is suing a former Calvin Klein CEO and major donor to Bill Clinton, claiming that the chief gave her herpes after they met through an online dating service.
The lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court by a Jane Doe alleges that she met Arnold Simon through Match.com. The lawsuit claims she had unprotected sex with Simon, who allegedly told her he was clear of any sexually transmitted diseases and that he was tested regularly.
“He wrote an e-mail that he was very handsome and tall and a well-built man. He refers to himself as looking like Humphrey Bogart,” Jane Doe told The Post.
During their first date on Feb. 4 at the Surrey Hotel bar, she says Simon talked about having lunch that day with Bill Clinton at Candles 79 on the Upper East Side.
“He told me that he had just gotten back from a lunch with Clinton; he is a close personal friend with Bill Clinton,” she said. The Post reported Simon has donated at least $1 million to Clinton’s foundation.
“Clinton likes to eat organic because he has a heart condition,” she claims he told her.
After Simon sent her a dozen long-stemmed roses, she agreed to go on a second date Feb. 10.
“He picked me up in an Audi A9,” she said. “He had a driver. He said, ‘I’ll bring my Bentley the next time.’ He takes me to Scalinatella. Everyone knew him there. They put us at a nice table.”
Afterwards they returned to her Upper East Side apartment to watch the Grammy’s. When the couple became intimate, Jane Doe claims she directly asked Simon if he had any STDs and he flat out denied it.
Having been disease-free before the encounter, she said two weeks later she was diagnosed with herpes.
“I absolutely should have used a condom. I let my guard down,” she said in retrospect.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 776,000 Americans get new herpes infections each year. Over the last 10 years, the rate of herpes infections nationwide has remained stable. An incurable STD, herpes can lead to miscarriage or premature birth in pregnant women.
The suit, filed by attorneys Matthew Blit and Sally Mourad, seeks unspecified monetary damages.