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Male Models Accuse Photographers of Sexual Abuse

Male Models Accuse Photographers of Sexual Abuse

13 male assistants and male models accused celebrity photographer Mario Testino of sexual harassment and misconduct according to a The New York Times report.

In a New York Times expose, 15 current and former male models who worked with Weber, described a pattern of what they said was "unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behaviour, often during photo shoots".

In light of The New York Times' investigation into Testino and Weber, Vogue's Editor-in-Chief and Condé Nast Artistic Director Anna Wintour announced neither photographer will be commissioned "for the foreseeable future". Ryan Locke, a former Gucci model who worked with Testino during the 1990s, called the photographer a "sexual predator".

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 allegations have been denied by both parties. Some of Testino's accusers said that they would not speak publicly about the allegations, noting that they felt pressured to go along with his advances in order to preserve their careers. One of which is male model Jason Fedele who said, "If you wanted to work with Mario, you needed to do a nude shoot at the Chateau Marmont".

William said of him: "He's very happy and protective towards Harry and me". He told the Times that when he told other models he was going to meet Testino for a possible casting "everyone started making these jokes - they said he was notorious, and 'tighten your belt'".

Lawyers representing Testino said the people complaining of harassment "cannot be considered reliable sources".

In an email sent to FN today, Wendy Kahn, CEO and brand president of Stuart Weitzman said, "We are deeply saddened by the allegations in today's article". This follows a lawsuit filed against photographer Bruce Weber at the end of previous year.

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?

It said it "expects all employees, freelance contributors and others that Conde Nast retains to act appropriately and with the utmost personal and professional respect for each other, when working on behalf of the company and its brands, advertisers and clients".

Conde Nast - publisher of magazines including Vogue and GQ - has suspended all work with both photographers. The company has also put into effect new policies regarding protocol on photo shoots, as well as model's rights, details of which are forthcoming.

Additionally, the use of recreational drugs or alcohol will not be permitted on set ever and sexually suggestive poses "must be approved" in advance.

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