Snap! Fashion maestros ‘preyed on’ male models
DOZENS of male models have alleged they were sexually exploited by two of the biggest names in fashion photography, Bruce Weber and Mario Testino.
A New York Times investigation alleges that Weber – known for his celebrity portraits and Calvin Klein ads – subjected 15 current and former male models to unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behaviour, often during shoots, as Hollywood’s sexual harassment saga refuses to die down.
Testino, right, who photographed Princess Diana in the last portraits before her death, allegedly subjected 13 male assistants to “sexual advances”, including groping and masturbation.
Publishing powerhouse Conde Nast – which prints Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker – says it will now not work with either photographer “for the foreseeable future”.
The men allege Weber asked them to undress and touch themselves so he could lead them through “breathing exercises”. He then guided their hands with his, they say.
Model Robyn Sinclair said: “I remember him putting his fingers in my mouth and him grabbing my privates. We never had sex ... but a lot of things happened. A lot of touching. A lot of molestation.”
Weber vehemently denied the allegations. “I’m completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims ... which I absolutely deny,” he said in a statement through his lawyer.
Ryan Locke, who was photographed by Testino for a Gucci campaign, said other models told him to tighten his belt before meeting Testino. He said Testino climbed on top of him during the shoot, saying: “I’m the girl, you’re the boy.”
Testino’s former assistant Roman Barrett accused him of sexual misconduct, describing it as a “constant reality”. “(Testino) misbehaved in hotel rooms, the backs of cars and on first-class flights,” he said.
Testino’s lawyers challenged the characters and credibility of people who complained of harassment.
In a further fallout from the scandals, Mark Wahlberg has agreed to donate the $1.5 million he made for reshoots on All The Money In The World to the Time’s Up sexual misconduct defence initiative.
Wahlberg said he would donate the money in the name of his co-star Michelle Williams, who was reportedly paid less than $1000 for the same work on the Ridley Scott movie, necessary after Christopher Plummer was brought in a a last-minute replacement for assault accused Kevin Spacey.
In another development actor Eliza Dushku has accused a stunt co-ordinator of molesting her while filming the 1994 action-comedy True Lies when she was 12.
In a Facebook post, Dushku, now 37, detailed how Joel Kramer, a “leading” fixture in the business, established a rapport with her and her parents before sexually abusing her in a Miami hotel room, when he was aged 36.