Models accuse photographers of harassment

Fashion Photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino Accused of Sexual Assault

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

The allegations have been denied by both parties.

Fifteen current and former male models have accused commercial photographer, Bruce Weber of inappropriate behavior, saying citing "unnecessary nudity", "coercive sexual behavior", and "molestation" during photoshoots.

Men said to the paper that they had asked to participate in "breathing exercises" which could include inappropriate touching, while model Bobby Roache said Weber tried to put his hands down Roache's pants during a casting in 2007.

Even as we stand with victims of abuse and misconduct, we must also hold a mirror up to ourselves - and ask if we are doing our utmost to protect those we work with so that unacceptable conduct never happens on our watch. A lot of touching.

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

They added that the publisher had chose to stop working with Testino and Weber "for the foreseeable future".

Ryan Locke, a model who worked with Testino on Gucci campaigns, accused him of being aggressive and flirtatious throughout shoots, adding: "He was a sexual predator". He recalled attending a casting in Testino's hotel room, where he allegedly greeted the model in a robe.

Testino, 63, groped and made other unwelcome passes, 13 models and assistants alleged to the New York Times. "I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out". Through his attorney, Weber categorically denied any wrongdoing.

Mr Weber told the paper in a statement from his lawyer: "I'm completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny".

The law firm Lavely & Singer, representing Testino, challenged the character and credibility of people who complained of harassment.

Wintour responded quickly with a statement on Vogue.com that described Testino and Weber as "personal friends", while insisting, "I take the allegations very seriously".

Conde Nast, which publishes Vogue and other top magazines, said it would stop working with Weber and Testino, at least for now.

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? However, there are movements in the works to combat these trends, such as The Model Alliance, which was founded in 2012 by Sara Ziff. Ziff, the company's founding director, also helped produce legislation that created federal protections for child performers. For more resources on sexual assault, visit RAINN, End Rape on Campus, Know Your IX, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

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