Models accuse photographers of harassment


The article further states similar claims against photographer Bruce Weber, who is being accused by more than 15 male models of sexual improprieties.

Several models and ex-assistants of Testino accuse him of making increasingly aggressive sexual advances. A former Gucci model called Jason Fedele alleges, "If you wanted to work with Mario, you needed to do a nude shoot at the Chateau Marmont".

Testino, who is renowned for taking the most iconic photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales months before her death, and Weber have since been suspended from working with Condé Nast titles such as Vogue and GQ. In addition to the Weitzman brand, the Condé Nast organization has severed ties with both Testino and Weber, according to reports from FN's sister publication WWD.

Two big-name Vogue contributing photographers - one of them Mario Testino, a favorite of England's royal family - are being accused of repeatedly sexually harassing male models and assistants, apparently under the nose of editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

The newspaper reported the guidelines include a ban on under-18 models and alcohol on sets - and recommend that models are not left alone with photographers or other team members.

The men said, during the private sessions, Weber asked them to undress and led them through breathing and "energy" exercises.

Weber responded to the allegations in a statement released by his lawyer, and said, "I'm completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny". We never had sex or anything, but a lot of things happened.

The photographer, they claim, then guided their hands with his own.

In a statement from his lawyer, Weber vehemently denied the allegations.

Lavely & Singer, a law firm that represents Testino, questioned the credibility of people who complained of harassment, and also wrote that it had spoken to several former employees who were "shocked by the allegations" and that they "could not confirm any of the claims". "I went at him, like, you better get away".

Another assistant, Roman Barrett, said Testino masturbated in front of him, and added: "Sexual harassment was a constant reality".

Model Bobby Roache said Weber tried to put his hands down Roache's pants during a casting in 2007.

The allegations are the latest in a deluge of accusations concerning influential figures in entertainment, media, fashion and politics, sparked by revelations about longtime film producer Harvey Weinstein.

She announced a new global "Code of Conduct" for contributors to all publications of Vogue's parent company, Conde Nast, for which she serves as artistic director.