Models accuse photographers of harassment

Models accuse photographers of harassment

But his name is now making headlines after the New York Times reports that 13 male models and assistants who've worked with the famed photographer allege that he committed various acts of sexually inappropriate behavior toward them.

Representatives for both photographers said they were dismayed and surprised by the allegations.

Model Bobby Roache said Weber tried to put his hands down Roache's pants during a casting in 2007.

Model Robyn Sinclair says there was "a lot of touching" and "molestation" involving Weber. A lot of touching.

The allegations from Testino's 13 accusers span decades. 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".

And fellow model Ryan Locke described Testino as a "sexual predator" who he claims was aggressive and flirtatious throughout one naked shoot before ordering everyone else out of the room.

On the last day of a shoot, as they were taking photographs on a bed, Testino told everybody in the room to leave and locked the door, Locke recalled. "Then things would go back to normal, and that made you feel gaslighted". "I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out".

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"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.

Weber responded to the claims via a statement from his lawyer, saying, "I'm completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny". Similarly, Testino's law firm refuted the allegations, adding that they contacted previous employees who "could not confirm any of the claims".

Conde Nast - which publishes magazines including Vogue - has suspended all work with both photographers.

A series of allegations have been levelled against the pair in an article in the New York Times. "We are deeply disturbed by these accusations and take this very seriously-as previously noted in our statement regarding sexual harassment", a Vogue spokesperson tells HollywoodLife "In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with them for the foreseeable future".

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

In the face of these changes sweeping the various creative communities now settling on the fashion industry and photographers alike, what do you believe this spells for coming years? The organization seeks to protect models from workplace harassment, as well as pressures "to engage in starvation dieting".

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