Royal photographer Mario Testino accused of sexual exploitation

Fashion Photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino Accused of Sexual Assault

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.

Testino, whose past subjects include Kate Moss, Madonna, Michelle Obama and members of the Royal Family, was accused by 13 male assistants and models of subjecting them to sexual advances.

Both of the photographers had vehemently denied the allegations against them, reports Daily Mail.

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". Similarly, Testino's law firm refuted the allegations, adding that they contacted previous employees who "could not confirm any of the claims".

Various actresses came forward in 2017 to accuse movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct and rape, resulting in his ouster from his film studio and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

And fellow model Ryan Locke described Testino as a "sexual predator" who he claims was aggressive and flirtatious throughout one naked shoot before ordering everyone else out of the room.

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

"Then he crawls on the bed, climbs on top of me and says, "I'm the girl, you're the boy", Mr Locke said. I went at him, like "You better get away".

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Former assistants revealed that Testino often hired usually heterosexual young men. "I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out".

Condè Nast and other media companies have severed ties from powerhouse Photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino after several allegations surfaced in an investigation of both of them beginning as early as last Thanksgiving.

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.

Terron Wood, a model who shot several ad campaigns with Weber between 2007 and 2010, said: "The first thing I was told about Bruce was that he puts people in really precarious situations".

Models were asked to "breathe" and to touch themselves and touch Weber, moving their hands wherever they felt "energy", the newspaper said. "I already made it this far'".

Anna Wintour, artistic director of Conde Nast, which publishes Vogue and GQ, said their magazines would not work with the photographers for the "foreseeable future" following the claims. "I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have chose to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future".

Conde Nast has also announced new rules to protect models from harassment.

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