Jul 18, 2018 | By Laura Welch
Oct 24, 2017
By WGSN Insider
The Weinstein shockwave has rippled further into fashion. Top American photographer Terry Richardson has reportedly been dropped by all Condé Nast magazines, including Vogue, GQ and Glamour, after several women spoke out against him, with some claiming he’d stripped or asked them to perform sex acts.
Fifty-two year-old Richardson has been dogged for years by allegations of sexually exploiting models, which he has always denied.
A leaked e-mail from Condé Nast’s executive VP James Woolhouse – seen by The Daily Telegraph – was sent to editors around the world telling staff not to hire him in future. Any unpublished shoots should also be “killed or substituted with other material”.
It added: “Please could you confirm that this policy will be actioned in your market effective immediately.”
Richardson is understood to have been in a contract dispute with Condé Nast for some time, according to the newspaper.
The Sunday Times also ran a piece over the weekend asking why Richardson was still allowed to work in the fashion industry despite fears over his behaviour.
In 2014, British model Emma Appleton tweeted a screenshot of a message she claimed was from Richardson, in which he seemed to imply she’d been given work at Vogue in exchange for sex.
His spokeswoman later insisted the message was a fake, but several other women came forward to make their own allegations against him – with many claiming he’d strip and ask them to perform sex acts while he photographed them.
The photographer has told the Huffington Post Friday all incidents were with “consenting adult women” and dismissed all claims otherwise as “malicious and manipulative recounting” that were “based on lies”.
In the published letter, he said: “I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work, and as is typical with any project, everyone signed releases.
“I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do.”
Condé Nast International has not commented on the story.
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