World America 15 Jan 2018 Male models accuse t ...

Male models accuse top fashion photographers of abuse

AP
Published Jan 15, 2018, 1:42 am IST
Updated Jan 15, 2018, 1:42 am IST
Testino is adored by celebrities, glossy magazines including Vogue, denied the charge.
Bruce Weber, left, and Mario Testino
 Bruce Weber, left, and Mario Testino

New York: In a sweeping new sexual misconduct investigation, The New York Times reported that several male models have accused famed photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino of unwanted advances and coercion.

Fifteen current and former models told the Times that Weber’s demands often occurred during photo shoots and other private sessions. Thirteen assistants and models accused Testino, the Times reported.

 

“I remember him putting his fingers in my mouth, and him grabbing my privates,” model Robyn Sinclair said of Weber. “We never had sex or anything, but a lot of things happened. A lot of touching. A lot of molestation.”

Models were asked to “breathe” and to touch themselves and Weber, moving their hands wherever they felt “energy,” the newspaper said. Weber often would guide the models’ hands with his own, the newspaper reported.

Weber’s racy advertisements for Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch and other companies helped turn him into a star in commercial and fine art photography.

 

Testino is adored by celebrities, glossy magazines including Vogue, denied the charge. 

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