Mario Testino, Bruce Weber fired amid molestation claims

Mario Testino, Bruce Weber fired amid molestation claims

Hugo Tillman, a photographic assistant, said Testino pinned him down on a bed before being removed by another person.

In incidents going back to the mid-1990s, 13 male assistants and models, who have worked with Testino, told the publication that he subjected them to sexual advances, which in some cases included groping and masturbation. Last year, models Jason Boyce and Mark Ricketson sued him for sexual assault, and the Times piece features input from fifteen current and former models, all of whom have similar stories about working with him.

Testino, a favourite of the English royal family and Vogue, was the man who immortalised the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

A New York Times investigative piece published earlier today has accused elite fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber of sexual misconduct, with dozens of male models coming forward to accuse the pair of "coercive sexual behaviour" as well as "groping" and other inappropriate contact.

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. We never had sex or anything, but a lot of things happened.

"The men recalled, with remarkable consistency, private sessions with Mr. Weber in which he asked them to undress and led them through breathing and "energy" exercises".

Ardolf told the Times that Weber photographed him nude and "forced his hand right on my genitals".

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".


The paper reported that the legal firm representing Testino, 63, said those complaining of harassment could not be considered reliable, and that his lawyers had spoken to several former employees who were "shocked by the allegations" and "could not confirm any of the claims".

Locked alleged that Testino later climbed on top of him during the Gucci shoot, saying "I'm the girl, you're the boy".

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

"I went at him, like, you better get away", Locke said.

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

Another assistant, Roman Barrett, said sexual harassment was a "constant reality".

Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal rocked Hollywood, shaking loose countless stories of abuse in the movie business, the dark side of the fashion industry has been cast into the spotlight as well.

Conde Nast - publisher of glossy magazines including Vogue - said it would stop working with the two photographers.

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