Pub­lisher crafts rules to pro­tect mod­els from sex­ual ha­rass­ment

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NATION | WORLD -

Condé Nast, pub­lisher of some of the glossi­est mag­a­zines in the world, is chang­ing the way it does busi­ness.

Prompted by the sex­ual ha­rass­ment out­cry that has en­veloped fash­ion and other in­dus­tries, Condé Nast said it be­gan work­ing in late Oc­to­ber on a code of con­duct that will go into ef­fect this month.

Separately, in re­sponse to al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and abuse of power from nu­mer­ous male mod­els against the pho­tog­ra­phers Bruce We­ber and Mario Testino, the me­dia com­pany said in a state­ment that it would stop work­ing with the two men, at least for now.

In the state­ment, Anna Win­tour, artis­tic di­rec­tor of Condé Nast and ed­i­tor of Vogue, and Robert Sauer­berg Jr., chief ex­ec­u­tive of Condé Nast, said: “We are deeply dis­turbed by th­ese ac­cu­sa­tions and take this very se­ri­ously. In light of th­ese al­le­ga­tions, we will not be com­mis­sion­ing any new work with Bruce We­ber and Mario Testino for the fore­see­able fu­ture.”

We­ber and Testino have been deeply em­bed­ded in the his­tory of im­age-mak­ing at Vogue and its peer pub­li­ca­tions, such as GQ and Van­ity Fair.

In a state­ment, We­ber said the al­le­ga­tions of the mod­els were “un­true” and that he had “never touched any­one in­ap­pro­pri­ately.” Lawyers for Testino ob­jected to the al­le­ga­tions and called the cred­i­bil­ity of the men who said they were ha­rassed into ques­tion.

Condé Nast be­gan work­ing on the code not long af­ter dozens of women ac­cused pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein of sex­ual mis­con­duct in ar­ti­cles by the Times and New Yorker.

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