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Lev Leviev Under Fire

Daphne Guinness and FIT have been asked by human rights group Adalah-NY to end Leviev Extraordinary Diamonds’ sponsorship of the exhibition about the heiress.

LEVIEV UNDER FIRE: Daphne Guinness and the Fashion Institute of Technology have been asked to end Leviev Extraordinary Diamonds’ sponsorship of the exhibition about the heiress fashion icon that is now on at the school’s museum. The human rights group Adalah-NY takes issue with the company’s owner, Lev Leviev, who has other holdings, for his West Bank ties. His Leader Management and Development company is now building settlement homes in violation of international law, according to Adalah-NY member Pat Connors.

FIT, which first received the request Nov. 21, needs some time to make a decision and is pursuing the matter very actively, a spokeswoman said Monday. Guinness was unavailable to comment at press time, according to her spokeswoman. Leviev Diamonds’ spokeswoman did not respond by press time Monday.

Should Guinness and FIT choose not to cut ties with Leviev, Adalah-NY plans to distribute fliers outside the Museum at FIT and to tell staff and visitors about “Leviev’s role in human rights abuses and unethical business practices,” Connors said.

Adalah-NY plans to protest outside Leviev’s Madison Avenue jewelry store Dec. 17 to demonstrate against what the group is calling his companies’ “disastrous human rights record.”