Male models accuse prominent photographers of sexual harassment

Male models accuse prominent photographers of sexual harassment

"A lot of molestation", at Weber's hands.

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.

"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", she said in a statement.

Mr Testino's lawyers challenged the credibility of the accusers, telling the Times they had spoken to several former employees who were "shocked by the allegations". Then he crawls on the bed, climbs on top of me and says: "I'm the girl, you're the boy".

A statement from Mr Weber quoted in the paper said: "I'm completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny".

Mario Testino, the world-renowned fashion photographer who was a favourite of the Royal family, has been accused of sexually exploiting multiple men.

"Sexual harassment was a constant reality", alleges another of Testino's assistants from the late '90s, Roman Barrett, who also claimed the photographer rubbed up against his leg with an erection and masturbated in front of him. "I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out", Locke said. He recalled attending a casting in Testino's hotel room, where he allegedly greeted the model in a robe. A lot of touching.

Another model described Testino as "a mentor who took it a step too far" after alleging he put his hands down his pants and turned up at his hotel room asking for sex.

Model Josh Ardolf claimed that Weber grabbed his genitals during a nude shoot.

Model Monty Hooper said Weber told him he had "to learn to be more vulnerable" at a test shoot at the photographer's TriBeCa studio in 2014.

Models were asked to "breathe" and to touch themselves and touch Weber, moving their hands wherever they felt "energy", the newspaper said.

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

Anna Wintour, artistic director of Conde Nast, which publishes magazines including Vogue and GQ, said the publisher would not work with the pair for the "foreseeable future" following Saturday's report. "Today, allegations have been made against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, stories that have been hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront".

Representatives for both photographers are yet to respond to similar requests.

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

Photographers will now be required to only use Condé Nast if it's commissioned or approved by the company and "any shoot involving nudity, sheer clothing, lingerie, swimwear, simulated drug or alcohol use, or sexually suggestive poses" has to be approved by the model.



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