Mario Testino, Bruce Weber accused of sexual misconduct

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More than a dozen male models and assistants allege they were sexually exploited by Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, in an explosive report embroiling two of fashion photography's biggest names.

Model Mark Ricketson (lt.) with his attorney Lisa Bloom (c.) and model Jason Boyce, who are accusing photographer Bruce Weber of sexual misconduct, at The Bloom Firm in California on December 5, 2017. The 63-year-old fashion photographer has captured the likenesses of the Royal family and many other well known celebrities, including Serena Williams for the latest cover of Vogue.

Following a series of sexual allegations against Mario Testino, the Stuart Weitzman brand has said it will cease working with the photographer, who has shot many of its advertising images over the years, including the spring '18 campaign.

"I'm completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny", Mr. Weber said in a statement through his lawyer.

Law firm Lavely & Singer, which represents Testino, challenged the credibility and characters of the people accusing him of harassment, writing that it had spoken with several former employees of Testino who were "shocked by the allegations" and "could not confirm any of the claims".

Actor Kevin Spacey was booted from various major projects after he was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple men.

"I remember him putting his fingers in my mouth, and him grabbing my privates", model Robyn Sinclair said of Weber.


One anonymous assistant said Testino masturbated on him during a business trip, while another said the photographer groped his backside, the newspaper reported.

Wintour said that the allegations against her "personal friends" have been "hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront". "As a result, we will not be working with Mario Testino for the foreseeable future".

Another model described Testino as "a mentor who took it a step too far" after alleging he put his hands down his pants and turned up at his hotel room asking for sex.

In a statement posted on the Vogue website, Anna Wintour also addressed the accusations, while noting that the magazine's publisher, Condé Nast, is rolling out a new Code of Conduct for outside contributors, which includes that models must pre-approve shoots that involve nudity or sexually suggestive poses. One recalled a shoot at which he was "aggressive and flirtatious" and at one point climbed on top of him in a bed and said "I'm the girl, you're the boy".

Locke alleges he pushed the photographer away, got dressed and left.

"I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out", the model said. Both photographers denied the allegations through legal representatives.

"I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Conde Nast have made a decision to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future", she said in a statement.

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