Models accuse photographers of sex misconduct
NEW YORK (AP) — In a sweeping new sexual misconduct investigation, The New York Times reported today 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, adored by celebrities, glossy magazines including Vogue and younger members of the British royal family, was accused of groping and making sexual come-ons, the newspaper said.
Allegations against both date back many years, with accusers in some cases recounting details with remarkable consistency, the Times said.
Representatives for both photographers said they were dismayed and surprised by the allegations.
"I'm completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny," Weber said in a statement from his lawyer.
The law firm Lavely & Singer, representing Testino, challenged the character and credibility of people who complained of harassment.