Male Models Accuse Photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber of Sexual Misconduct

Angelo Anderson
January 14, 2018

A New York Times investigative piece published earlier today has accused elite fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber of sexual misconduct, with dozens of male models coming forward to accuse the pair of "coercive sexual behaviour" as well as "groping" and other inappropriate contact.

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". One model, Robyn Sinclair, alleged Mr. Weber put his fingers in the model's mouth and grabbed "my privates".

According to The New York Times, 13 men who have worked with Testino have said that "he subjected them to sexual advances that in some cases included groping and masturbation". We never had sex or anything, but a lot of things happened. "A lot of molestation".

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. Model Ryan Locke worked with Testino on Gucci ad campaigns and calls him a "sexual predator".

"I'm the girl, you're the boy", the photographer allegedly told the model, who said he walked out of the room.

He described his casting experience in the photographer's hotel room during which Testino greeted him in a loose dressing grown.

The men said that they felt not only violated by the unwanted sexual advances, but that they felt a clear choice between complying and being rewarded with lucrative work or rejecting the approaches and risk having their careers destroyed. "As a result, we will not be working with Mario Testino for the foreseeable future".

Publishing house Conde Nast and Vogue editor Anna Wintour have since announced they will not work with the photographers, who are both Vogue contributors.

Nudity or poses of a "sexually suggestive" nature will be detailed and agreed upon before a shoot.

The newspaper reported the guidelines include a ban on under-18 models and alcohol on sets - and recommend that models are not left alone with photographers or other team members. "I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have made a decision to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future". It has already stopped working with photographer Terry Richardson, who has also been accused of abuse by several models over the past decade.

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