Fashion Photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino Accused of Sexual Assault

15 January, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Rita Burton
  • Fashion Photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino Accused of Sexual Assault

Lavely & Singer, the law firm that represents Testino, said in a letter in response to these accounts that the individuals who spoke with The Times "cannot be considered reliable sources".

Anna Wintour released a statement Saturday following the allegation, writing that both Testino and Weber are personal friends of hers. "As a result, we will not be working with Mario Testino for the foreseeable future".

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

Two of the biggest names in fashion photography have been accused of sexual harassment and exploitation by the models they worked with, and it's already starting to cost them work. Many said they still would not speak publicly. "All the agents knew that this was the thing to excel or advance your career".

He said Testino once grabbed him and tried to kiss him, and another time pinned him down on a bed.

Model Ryan Locke called Testino a "sexual predator", while his former assistant Roman Barrett recounted how "sexual harassment was a constant reality".

One anonymous assistant said Testino masturbated on him during a business trip, while another said the photographer groped his backside, the newspaper reported. At that point, Mario's brother allegedly came into the room and told him to get off the assistant.

He quit after the hotel room experience and is now a fine art photographer.

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Model Robyn Sinclair said that while he never had sex with Weber, he suffered "a lot of touching". Both Weber and Testino have denied the claims made by former models and assistants.

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.

Bruce Weber, 71, is known for his provocative campaigns for brands like Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch.

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

The men said, during the private sessions, Weber asked them to undress and led them through breathing and "energy" exercises.

Wintour published an op-ed in Vogue.com in which she announced that Condé Nast would be establishing a new Code of Conduct. "Today, allegations have been made against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, stories that have been hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront".

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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