January 23, 2019

Celeb photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber accused of sexual harassment

14 January 2018, 08:38 | Regina Holmes

Diana's favourite photographer Mario Testino accused of molesting string of male models

Fashion Photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino Accused of Sexual Assault

Vogue Creative Director Anna Wintour said the magazine would not be working with photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber in the "foreseeable future" following a Saturday report from The New York Times.

The Times reports that numerous models recounted a similar scenario when talking about Weber: a private "session" where he allegedly requested that the models take off their clothes and participate in "breathing" exercises.

Weber famously shot racy ads Calvin Klein.

Thirteen male assistants and models claim Testino, who shot the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official engagement photos and received an honorary OBE in 2014, subjected them to sexual advances.

"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 chose to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future".

Weber says he's "shocked and saddened" and denies the accusations. The law firm representing Mario Testino also objected to the allegations by challenging the accusers' "character and credibility".

Various actresses came forward in 2017 to accuse movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct and rape, resulting in his ouster from his film studio and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The model added, "We never had sex or anything, but a lot of things happened".

Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have been suspended by various fashion magazines, including Vogue, after models accused the top fashion photographers of sexually exploiting them.

Reps for both photographers are adamantly denying the models' accounts, which the Times said were recalled "with remarkable consistency". On the last day of the shoot, Locke was being photographed on a bed when Testino ordered everyone out of the studio.

Locke alleges he pushed the photographer away, got dressed and left. "I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out", Locke said.

Former assistants revealed that Testino often hired usually heterosexual young men. "A lot of molestation". Boyce said Weber made him touch his own genitals and was even forced to suck on the photographer's fingers during the shoot.

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

Many report being told to undress and take part in "breathing exercises" with Weber, while touching him and themselves. "I already made it this far'". "I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have chose to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future".

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

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