Sexual Assault Claims by Male Models Hit Top Fashion Photographers

Fashion Photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino Accused of Sexual Assault

Fashion Photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino Accused of Sexual Assault

In a statement, she said: "I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Conde Nast have chose to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future".

Ryan Locke, a model who worked with Testino on Gucci campaigns, said he had been aggressive and flirtatious throughout shoots.

Lawyers for Testino, known for photographing the British royal family, tried to discredit their accounts while Weber denied the claims to The New York Times, whose investigative report detailed a string of allegations.

Even as we stand with victims of abuse and misconduct, we must also hold a mirror up to ourselves - and ask if we are doing our utmost to protect those we work with so that unacceptable conduct never happens on our watch.

Weber says he's "shocked and saddened" and denies the accusations. Meanwhile, the law firm that represents Testino has claimed that former employees were "shocked by the allegations" and "could not confirm any of the claims". After Testino allegedly demanded that everyone leave the set, Locke recounted that the photographer allegedly "shuts the door and locks it".

Locke alleges he pushed the photographer away, got dressed and left. "I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out". A lot of touching.

Model Mark Ricketson (lt.) with his attorney Lisa Bloom (c.) and model Jason Boyce, who are accusing photographer Bruce Weber of sexual misconduct, at The Bloom Firm in California on December 5, 2017. Weber would go on to book Wood for a Ralph Lauren campaign.

Ardolf told the Times that Weber photographed him nude and "forced his hand right on my genitals".

And of the shocking allegations against Weber, the publication wrote that "The men recalled, with remarkable consistency, private sessions with Mr. Weber in which he asked them to undress and led them through breathing and "energy" exercises".

Hooper said he was told: "If I'm more vulnerable, I'll go a lot farther in my career modeling".

Vogue publisher Conde Nast announced that it was severing ties with both men. "In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with Bruce Weber and Mario Testino for the foreseeable future", read a joint statement from CEO Bob Sauerberg and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

"Both are personal friends of mine who have made extraordinary contributions to Vogue and many other titles at Condé Nast over the years, and both have issued objections or denials to what has emerged".

All models appearing in Conde Nast-commissioned fashion shoots must now be 18 or older, according to the new rules.

"Recreational drugs are not permitted", and any shoot involving nudity, skimpy clothing or sexual poses "must be approved in advance by the subject".

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