Allegations Made Against Mario Testino and Bruce Weber by Male Models


Allegations Made Against Mario Testino and Bruce Weber by Male Models

"I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously", Wintour said in the statement, "and we at Condé Nast have made a decision to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future". "Today, allegations have been made against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, stories that have been hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront".

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.

The allegations from Testino's 13 accusers span decades.

In a New York Times expose, 15 current and former male models who worked with Weber, described a pattern of what they said was "unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behaviour, often during photo shoots".

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.

Lawyers acting for Testino, who is famous for his fashion portraits and photographs of the Royal Family, dismissed the models' accounts, while Weber's lawyers have also denied the claims, the paper said. Similarly, Testino's law firm refuted the allegations, adding that they contacted previous employees who "could not confirm any of the claims".

"Then he crawls on the bed, climbs on top of me and says, 'I'm the girl, you're the boy, '" Locke said. "I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out". "A lot of molestation".

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.

Wood said he felt guilty because he knew he agreed to the impromptu session because "he was the photographer for Ralph Lauren".

Model Monty Hooper said Weber told him he had "to learn to be more vulnerable" at a test shoot at the photographer's TriBeCa studio in 2014.

The men recall private sessions in which Weber would ask them to strip down and lead them through breathing and "energy" exercises, in which they would touch both themselves and the photographer. I already made it this far'. In a statement to the New York Times Condé Nast chief executive Robert A. Sauerberg Jr. and artistic director Anna Wintour, who is also the editor-in-chief of Vogue, said: "We are deeply disturbed by these accusations and take this very seriously".

Vogue publisher Conde Nast announced that it was severing ties with both men.

Anna Wintour released a statement Saturday following the allegation, writing that both Testino and Weber are personal friends of hers.