Australian designer Dan Single, co-founder of the failed Ksubi fashion empire, has retracted a public appeal for donations to pay his medical bills.
Last month, the 36-year-old fashion mogul, known for a jetsetting lifestyle with his 26-year-old model wife, fell from a hotel balcony in the Grand Amour hotel in Paris, shattering dozens of bones in his lower body.
On April 10 he posted an appeal for $250,000 in donations on GoFundMe, a crowdfunding page. He said the money would “help fund the hospital bill, rehab bill, early flights home, being unable to make bread and work over the next months and all the incedentals [sic] the family is covering at the moment”.
After a torrent of abuse, he deleted the page on Thursday, having raised only $US475. Commenters were furious he would ask for money, given his visibly extravagant life.
“YES! Everything you have heard is true,” Single had written.
“I fell 3 floors (35 metres) out of my hotel room in Paris, did a somersault and landed on my feet which saved my spine and my brain (a miracle says the doctor, 1 in 100 million chance).
“I did however shatter every bone from my feet to my hips and pelvis. I have been in a coma for two weeks, had 8 operations and am covered in pins and bolts in my bones. I cannot use my legs for another month or two so will be in a rehab centre in Paris recovering.”
Single was reportedly in Paris to film a fashion week video with wife, Bambi Northwood-Blyth.
His appeal for help sparked backlash and a bunch of minimum $5 donations.
Alana French, who donated $5, wrote: “Who the hell do you think you are? You’re asking for a quarter of a million dollars when it was your fault that you jumped off that balcony!
“I’m here to tell you that you are a disgusting human being and you should be punished for setting this page up.”
An anonymous donator said: “How come you can fund partying, drinking and overseas trips but not your own recovery? I’ll give you $5 with the sole intent of telling you what an idiot everyone thinks you are.”
Another person said “You are pathetic” and “Fund your own recovery. You’re a disgrace”.
In the original post, the designer said he was also planning a fundraising dinner.
“Overwhelmed at the messages of love and support. I have been reached out to, by friends all over the world, it seems everyone wants to help in some way or another. There is a fundraising dinner in Sydney in early May, obviously you will not all be able to make it. SO… Somebody suggested this! Gofundme!”
He will reportedly walk again, but not for many months.
The Ksubi denim line group of companies, launched in 2002, went into voluntary liquidation in 2010 and were snapped up at a bargain by The General Pants Group.
In 2013, Single was banned by regulator ASIC from managing companies and sitting on boards for three years for his role in Ksubi’s corporate demise.
The liquidator also demanded he repay $A3 million to the failed companies for debts he racked up while trading insolvent.