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    Celebrity Photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Male Models



    Photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have been accused of sexual harassment by dozens of male assistants and models, according to a new exposé from The New York Times.
    According to the Times, the detailed allegations of sexual harassment against Testino include unwanted sexual advances, groping and masturbation.
    Testino is a favorite photographer of celebrities, and the 63-year-old recently shot Serena WilliamsFebruary Vogue cover. He has also done photo shoots for Prince William and Princess Kate (including their 2010 engagement portrait) as well as the late Princess Diana.
    In one of the allegations, Hugo Tillman — a former assistant of Testino’s — told the Times that he began working as a freelance assistant for the famous photographer in 1996, shortly after he graduated from college, saying he “really looked up to” the famed photographer.
    Tillman — who later moved to Paris to work full time as one of Testino’s assistants — claimed he “was often made to feel uncomfortable on shoots” and was asked “to massage Mario in front of other assistants, models and fashion editors.”






    Tillman alleged that following a dinner one night, Testino grabbed him and tried to kiss him on the street. A few weeks later, Tillman claimed that when he went up to Testino’s hotel room during a business trip, the photographer allegedly told him to roll a joint, and then allegedly threw Tillman on the bed, and climbed on top of him, pinning his assistant’s arms to the bed.
    Tillman claimed that the encounter was stopped by Testino’s brother, after he walked in and saw what was happening. Tillman says he quit the next weekend.
    In a statement to the Times, Lavely & Singer — the law firm representing Testino — said the allegations against Testino were made by individuals who “cannot be considered reliable sources.”
    Lawyers for Testino also told the Times that the photographer’s brother “is adamant that no such incident ever took place” and said the former assistant had previously spoken well of Testino.

    PEOPLE’s request for comment from Lavely & Singer and Testino’s representatives were not immediately returned.



    The Times also reported that fifteen current and former male models had made sexual misconduct allegations against Weber, a photographer known for his sexually provocative Calvin Klein ads in the ’90s.
    The detailed allegations of sexual misconduct made against Weber — who frequently shot models in the nude — included “breathing exercises” led by the photographer, which allegedly resulted in groping and coercive sexual behavior.
    In a statement made to the Times, Weber said that he was “completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny.”
    “I have used common breathing exercises and professionally photographed thousands of nude models over my career, but never touched anyone inappropriately. Given my life’s work, these twisted and untrue allegations are truly disheartening. I’ve been taking pictures for over 40 years and have the utmost respect for everyone I’ve ever photographed. I would never, ever, try to hurt anyone or prevent someone from succeeding — it’s just not in my character,” he continued.
    PEOPLE’s request for comment for Weber’s reps was not immediately returned.




    Following news of the allegations, media company Condé Nast — whose magazines like Vanity Fair and Vogue often worked with the two photographers — announced on Saturday they would stop working with the two men “for the foreseeable future.”
    “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,” wrote Anna Wintour — Condé Nast’s artistic director and editor of Vogue — and Robert A. Sauerberg Jr, chief executive of Condé Nast, according to the Times.


    In September, Condé Nast reportedly blacklisted fashion photographer Terry Richardson — who has photographed everyone from Rihanna to Miley Cyrus — from working with magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ in the wake of years of sexual harassment allegations. Richardson has denied the allegations made against him.
    In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the fashion industry is also standing up against sexual harassment. W Magazine reported Cameron Russell devoted her Instagram to dozens of DMs from models sharing their stories of assault, tagging each with the hashtag #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse.
    Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio also called out the French magazine Lui for allegedly publishing nude photos of her without her consent, and Karen Elson revealed that a model scout tried to have sex with her when she was just 16. Christy Turlington has also spoken out about the industry being “surrounded by predators.”
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    Well good.

    I don’t know anything about the fashion industry, but it’s high time predators are the ones feeling unsafe.


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    There is a pattern though....dumpy looking unattractive men who, if in any other vocation, wouldn't get a second look from any of their victims.
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    I loved a lot of their celeb photos, but fuck them.

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    There is a pattern though....dumpy looking unattractive men who, if in any other vocation, wouldn't get a second look from any of their victims.
    I agree. It was the Hollywood Dream for so many these assholes.
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    ok someone explain this shit to me. what the fuck is going on. i am NOT in the camp of #killallmen, or all men suck and are rapists. yes there are a lot of
    assholes out there but i cant view every man like that. HOWEVER, WTF IS GOING ON? anyone? is it just the field of hollywood? do people know that if you are a dispicable
    human wanting to hurt others get a job in entertainment? im so confused.

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    It's epidemic. It was the art teacher in the middle school who got arrested for kiddie porn in our town this year. When I grew up it was the local adolescent psychologist who spent every individual session chasing the girls around his office, which I can personally testify to. He lost his license to practice after 30 years of that. They choose to be in fields that give them access to their chosen prey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duchess of Verona View Post
    They choose to be in fields that give them access to their chosen prey.
    This couldn't be more true.
    Reminds me of one of my teachers in middle school, he had a crush on a girl and he invited her to give her massages (because she had a cold) and he promised he will tutor her for free. He was considered the best teacher in town, married, 2 kids, same age as our parents. Anyway, I guess/hope she didn't go but she started to act strange, she refused to take notes during class, you could see he was sweating but he wouldn't say anything to her. He would've slapped any of the boys without hesitation for something similar. One day she ran out of the class and slammed the door and during the break we saw him in schoolyard apologizing. Everything was so strange.
    Back then , in the 90s, after the fall of communism in a small town like ours we had no idea about such things but I remember me and my best friend were kind of shocked by the whole situation. We went to private tutoring lesson at his house(for highschool admission), 4 kids at a time, but he was very polite and seemed a great father. I think that's one of the main reasons victims are blamed, these guys seem respectable and many people are shocked based on their experience with that person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    There is a pattern though....dumpy looking unattractive men who, if in any other vocation, wouldn't get a second look from any of their victims.
    that's the story of men with money throughout the world.
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    ^^^ And has been since time immemorial.

    The Bible- Genesis- Lot’s daughters get him drunk and have their wicked way with him. Victim blaming in the time of Abraham.

    Because, you know, nubile young women are always hankering after hoary old men. Just ask Woody Allen.
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    Anna Wintour Puts Business on Hold With Mario Testino & Bruce Weber Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    Anna Wintour is putting business on hold with longtime friends and collaborators Mario Testino and Bruce Weber after sexual harassment allegations have come out against the two fashion photographers.
    “Both are personal friends of mine who have made extraordinary contributions to Vogue and many other titles at Condé Nast over the years, and both have issued objections or denials to what has emerged. I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have decided to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future,” the Vogue editor-in-chief said in a statement on Saturday (January 13).
    The news comes after a report by the New York Times, in which 13 male assistants and models claimed Mario subjected them to sexual advances and 15 current and former male models claimed Bruce exhibited coercive sexual behavior, often during photo shoots.
    Both photographers have denied the allegations.


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    Anna is nothing if not prescient and savvy. If she does this, others will follow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    that's the story of men with money throughout the world.
    That's the story of anyone with money throughout the world.
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    ^ Yes, I was hate-watching the Rebel Heart documentary Madge made and seeing her 'molest' her dancers on stage was not fun. But that's art, right?
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    I have no doubt that the fashion industry is riddled with predators. I hope they all get tossed out.
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