Royal photographer Mario Testino accused of sexual exploitation

Royal photographer Mario Testino accused of sexual exploitation

Men said to the paper that they had asked to participate in "breathing exercises" which could include inappropriate touching, while model Bobby Roache said Weber tried to put his hands down Roache's pants during a casting in 2007.

According to today's Times article, 13 former personal assistants and models who worked with Testino dating back to the 1990s claim that he subjected them to "sexual advances that in some cases included groping and masturbation". "A lot of molestation", he said of the American photographer.

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. The Times reports "remarkable consistency" in the stories told by the models.

Ryan Locke, who was photographed by Testino for a Gucci campaign, told the NYT he recalled other models telling him to tighten his belt before meeting Testino.

In a statement via his lawyer, Bruce Weber said that he is "completely shocked and saddened" by the allegations, and has denied them "absolutely".

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He is quoted as saying: "He shuts the door and locks it, then he crawls on the bed, climbs on top of me and says, "I'm the girl, you're the boy".

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. "I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out". Representatives for both photographers are yet to respond to similar requests.

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. "In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with Bruce Weber and Mario Testino for the foreseeable future". "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". A law firm representing Testino said that it had spoken to "former employees" who were "shocked" and "could not confirm the claims". The company has also put into effect new policies regarding protocol on photo shoots, as well as model's rights, details of which are forthcoming.

The fashion photographer is the latest to come under scrutiny for sexual misconduct. However, there are movements in the works to combat these trends, such as The Model Alliance, which was founded in 2012 by Sara Ziff.

Teen Vogue has reached out to Mr. Weber and Mr. Testino for further comment. For more resources on sexual assault, visit RAINN, End Rape on Campus, Know Your IX, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

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