Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Royal's favorite photographer accused of sexual assault

Royal's favorite photographer accused of sexual assault

Weber's work includes campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie & Fitch as well as several films.

And in the case of Testino - who has often photographed for Vogue and the British royal family - 13 male assistants and models said he "subjected them to sexual advances that in some cases included groping and masturbation".

He shot a series of photos of Princess Diana in 1997, and took the Crown's official 2010 portrait for Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton.

While Voguehas worked with both Mario and Bruce, and with Mario as recently as their February 2018 issue, they will no longer be working with either of the photographers in light of the allegations.

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".

Lavely & Singer, a law firm that represents Testino, questioned the credibility of people who complained of harassment, and also wrote that it had spoken to several former employees who were "shocked by the allegations" and that they "could not confirm any of the claims".

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.

Reps for both photographers are adamantly denying the models' accounts, which the Times said were recalled "with remarkable consistency".

Former assistants said Testino had a pattern of hiring young, heterosexual men and subjecting them to increasingly aggressive advances. "I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out".

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. "A lot of molestation".

Another model, Bobby Roache, alleged that Weber tried to put his hands down his pants during a casting in 2007.

He stopped undressing before revealing his genitals at which point, Weber led him through a breathing exercise.

Model Monty Hooper said Weber told him he had "to learn to be more vulnerable" at a test shoot at the photographer's TriBeCa studio in 2014.

Hooper said he was told: "If I'm more vulnerable, I'll go a lot farther in my career modeling". In addition to the Weitzman brand, the Condé Nast organization has severed ties with both Testino and Weber, according to reports from FN's sister publication WWD.

Anna Wintour, the mag's editor and artistic director of publishers Conde Nast, and Robert A Sauerberg Jr, its CEO, told the paper the company was "deeply disturbed" by the claims.

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

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