A New York Times article released today reports that 13 male assistants and models who worked with Testino are claiming that he "subjected them to sexual advances that in some cases included groping and masturbation".
Mario Testino and Bruce Weber, two of the biggest names in fashion photography, have come under fire for an alleged pattern of sexual abuse and exploitation by dozens of male models and assistants who said their photo shoots went way too far, according to a report.
In a statement from his lawyer, Weber vehemently denied the allegations.
One, Robyn Sinclair, said: "I remember him putting his fingers in my mouth, and him grabbing my privates".
Even as we stand with victims of abuse and misconduct, we must also hold a mirror up to ourselves - and ask if we are doing our utmost to protect those we work with so that unacceptable conduct never happens on our watch. A lot of touching.
"Like my agency said, he has a lot of power".
Reps for both photographers are adamantly denying the models' accounts, which the Times said were recalled "with remarkable consistency".
The men said that they felt not only violated by the unwanted sexual advances, but that they felt a clear choice between complying and being rewarded with lucrative work or rejecting the approaches and risk having their careers destroyed.
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They added that the publisher had made a decision to stop working with Testino and Weber "for the foreseeable future".
Model Ryan Locke describes Testino, who took the historic engagement portrait of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2014, as a "sexual predator".
"Then he crawls on the bed, climbs on top of me and says, 'I'm the girl, you're the boy, '" Locke said. After Testino allegedly demanded that everyone leave the set, Locke recounted that the photographer allegedly "shuts the door and locks it. I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out".
While Voguehas worked with both Mario and Bruce, and with Mario as recently as their February 2018 issue, they will no longer be working with either of the photographers in light of the allegations.
"I'm completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny", Weber said in a statement from his lawyer to the Times.
Lavely & Singer, the law firm representing the pair, has not responded to a request for comment on the claims about Weber from the Press Association and said there would be no additional comment regarding Testino. "I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have made a decision to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future".
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.
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