Snap! Fash­ion mae­stros ‘preyed on’ male models

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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.

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