Long after his stint on “Project Runway: Season Two” fashion designer Emmett McCarthy is once again making headlines- this time over a spat with an ex that resulted in third degree burns over McCarthy’s body.
According to court papers filed by McCarthy on Friday the designer suffered from third degree burns across his crotch and legs after his then boyfriend, Pierre Supreme, threw boiling tea water over him as he slept. The incident is said to have taken place around 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day in 2011 after Supreme claimed to have witnessed McCarthy sending sexually explicit text messages to an unnamed third party.
At the time of the alleged assault police were called. Supreme, who owns a home goods store on New York’s Hudson Street, initially told police that the hot tea dousing was an accident. Supreme later pled guilty in court. Supreme was sentenced to three years in prison for the assault agreed to pay just over $40,000 in damages.
Emmett McCarthy, a Parsons graduate, competed on the second season of “Project Runway.” He catapulted the fame he gained on the show into launching his own line, EMc2. The line is available at his store located at 240 Elizabeth Street in New York City. The line is currently expanding into shoes and handbags. The shop is located just up the street from the self-named store that “Project Runway: Season Four” winner Christian Siriano recently opened.
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The lawsuit that was filed on Friday specifies that McCarthy was burned across more than twenty-five percent of his body. The self-filed suit says that the designer spent more than three weeks in intensive care and had three skin grafts. The lawsuit further explains that during the time Supreme was free on bail McCarthy feared going home or to work. The lawsuit details thousands of dollars the designer spent on additional staff to cover his shifts at his store, on nursing care during his recovery period, and the cost of additional rent on a second apartment.
McCarthy is asking for $4 million in damages. A former lawyer for Pierre Supreme told the U.K.’s Daily Mail that he felt the lawsuit was time barred and would likely be tossed out in court.