Fashion Photographers Mario Testino & Bruce Weber Accused Of Abusing Models

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 14, 2018

Several male models have accused famed photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino of unwanted sexual advances and coercion. The NYT also reports that fashion photographer Bruce Weber, who contributed to Vogue in the past, as well, faces sexual misconduct claims from 15 different male models.

"I remember him putting his fingers in my mouth, and him grabbing my privates", model Robyn Sinclair said of Weber.

"We never had sex or anything, but a lot of things happened - a lot of touching, a lot of molestation". A lot of touching.

Allegations against both date back many years, with accusers in some cases recounting details with remarkable consistency, the Times said.

Former assistants said Testino had a pattern of hiring young, heterosexual men and subjecting them to increasingly aggressive advances. To that end, agent Gene Kogan explained to The Times: "It was general practice to give a model a heads-up about a specific photographer who we knew had a certain reputation".

Model Jason Fedele is quoted as saying: "If you wanted to work with Mario, you needed to do a nude shoot at the Chateau Marmont".

Model Ryan Locke describes Testino, who took the historic engagement portrait of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2014, as a "sexual predator". He recalled attending a casting in Testino's hotel room, where he allegedly greeted the model in a robe.

Locke alleged that during a photo shoot on a bed, Testino asked his team to leave the room and then climbed onto the bed on top of him.

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Locke alleges he pushed the photographer away, got dressed and left.

Weber responded to the allegations in a statement released by his lawyer, and said, "I'm completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny".

Lavely & Singer, the law firm representing the pair, has not responded to a request for comment on the claims about Weber from the Press Association and said there would be no additional comment regarding Testino.

Weber and Testino have worked with numerous fashion houses and magazine titles, including ones owned by Condé Nast, Teen Vogue's parent company.

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

"In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with Bruce Weber or Mario Testino for the foreseeable future", they added.

The allegations are the latest in a deluge of accusations concerning influential figures in entertainment, media, fashion and politics, sparked by revelations about longtime film producer Harvey Weinstein.

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