Male Models Accuse Photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber of Sexual Misconduct

Bessie Dean
January 14, 2018

"Models were asked to breathe and to touch both themselves and Mr. Weber, moving their hands wherever they felt their 'energy.' Often, Mr. Weber guided their hands with his own", The Times writes.

The allegations are the latest in a deluge of accusations concerning influential figures in entertainment, media, fashion and politics, sparked by revelations about longtime film producer Harvey Weinstein.

According to today's Times article, 13 former personal assistants and models who worked with Testino dating back to the 1990s claim that he subjected them to "sexual advances that in some cases included groping and masturbation".

His photograph of tennis player Serena Williams and her baby daughter appears on Vogue's February edition, unveiled this week - while his other works include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's engagement photo and a series of images of Princess Diana in 1997 published in Vanity Fair.

"A sexual predator", model Ryan Locke told the Times of Testino. One recalled a shoot at which he was "aggressive and flirtatious" and at one point climbed on top of him in a bed and said "I'm the girl, you're the boy".

"I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out", the model said.

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"Sexual harassment was a constant reality", he said.

Two big-name Vogue contributing photographers - one of them Mario Testino, a favorite of England's royal family - are being accused of repeatedly sexually harassing male models and assistants, apparently under the nose of editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

"Today, allegations have been made against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, stories that have been hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront". Weber also did not respond to a request for comment.

She announced a new global "Code of Conduct" for contributors to all publications of Vogue's parent company, Conde Nast, for which she serves as artistic director. "I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have made a decision to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future".

The newspaper reported the guidelines include a ban on under-18 models and alcohol on sets - and recommend that models are not left alone with photographers or other team members.

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