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Elhadji Gueye, Fashion Designer Known as Haj, Acquitted

By DNAinfo Staff on September 18, 2013 3:58pm  | Updated on September 18, 2013 4:18pm

 Elhadji Gueye
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Elhadji Gueye


UPDATE: Designer Elhadji "Haj" Gueye was acquitted of the sexual assault charges on July 28, 2014.


Chicago fashion designer Elhadji Gueye, the founder of HAJ Designs, is being accused of raping a woman who invited him and his kids to her Streeterville apartment building, prosecutors said.

Gueye turned himself in to police Tuesday when he learned he was wanted in the alleged sexual assault of a 29-year-old woman who lives in his building in the 300 block of East Ohio Street.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that the woman invited Gueye and his two children over for dinner on Aug. 27. Gueye allegedly showed up without his kids and dined with the woman.

When he finished his meal, prosecutors said Gueye went to kiss the woman on the lips.

She turned away and said "no," prosecutors said. But Gueye pushed her onto a couch, pinned her down and sexually assaulted her, according to the allegations.

His defense attorney, Earl Grinbarg, told the Tribune his client was being set up.

"My client is a fool for these acts of consensual sex, but he is not a rapist," Grinbarg told the Tribune.

Gueye, who goes by the name "Haj" in fashion circles, specializes in men's and women's suits. He was born in Senegal and raised in Paris, according to his website.

HAJ Designs vows to create "The most perfect suit for men and women the world has ever known," according to his website.

A Cook County judge set Gueye's bond at $100,000.