Photographers Testino and Weber 'sexually exploited models'

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This has allowed prominent photographers to cross the line with impunity for decades, sexually exploiting models and assistants.

Fashion photographer Bruce Weber - already sued over harassment claims in December by model Jason Boyce - was also implicated in a New York Times article on allegations against both photographers.

In October, several magazines and fashion houses also said they would no longer work with fashion photographer Terry Richardson after he too was accused of harassing models, following years of rumors about his behavior.

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.

The model Josh Ardolf said that during a nude shoot his genitals had been grabbed by Weber. A lot of touching. "A lot of molestation", at Weber's hands.

Testino, who took the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official engagement photos and was given an honorary OBE in 2014, was accused by 13 male assistants and models of subjecting them to sexual advances.

During these sessions, the models claim that Weber asked them to touch themselves and him, and claim that he allegedly touched them as well.

Weber, 71, said in a statement from his lawyer that he was "completely shocked" and "absolutely" denied the allegations made against him.

Model Mark Ricketson with his attorney Lisa Bloom and model Jason Boyce who are accusing
Photographers Testino and Weber 'sexually exploited models'

Lavely & Singer, a law firm that represents Testino, challenged the characters and credibility of people who complained of harassment.

Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor of American Vogue, and Robert A. Sauerberg Jr., chief executive of Condé Nast, confirmed they would not commission any more work from the pair.

Prompted by the sexual harassment outcry that has enveloped fashion and other industries, the company also said it began working in late October on a code of conduct that will go into effect this month.

"I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness", she explained, "but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Conde Nast have chose to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future".

"In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with Bruce Weber or Mario Testino for the foreseeable future", they added.

Weber and Testino have been deeply embedded in the history of image-making at Vogue and its peer publications, such as GQ and Vanity Fair. "All the agents knew that this was the thing to excel or advance your career".

Ryan Locke, who was photographed by Testino for a Gucci campaign, told the NYT he recalled other models telling him to tighten his belt before meeting Testino.

Hugo Tillman, a photographic assistant, said Testino pinned him down on a bed before being removed by another person.

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