Vogue suspends Mario Testino and Bruce Weber amid sexual exploitation claims

Vogue suspends Mario Testino and Bruce Weber amid sexual exploitation claims
From BBC - January 14, 2018

Photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have been suspended from working with fashion magazines including Vogue, amid allegations they sexually exploited male models and assistants.

A series of claims were made against the pair in a New York Times article.

Weber denies the claims, while lawyers for Testino said his accusers "cannot be considered reliable sources".

Vogue publisher Conde Nast said it would not work with the men "for the foreseeable future".

Artistic director Anna Wintour, who is also Vogue's editor-in-chief, said in a statement that the claims had "been hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront".

In a separate statement, Wintour and Conde Naste chief Bob Sauerberg also said they were "deeply disturbed" by the accusations.

Other Conde Nast titles include GQ and Vanity Fair.

In a statement to the New York Times from his lawyer, Weber said he was "shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny".

Testino, whose past subjects include Kate Moss, Madonna, Michelle Obama and members of the Royal Family, was accused by 13 male assistants and models of subjecting them to sexual advances.

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".

'Sexual predator'

The allegations against Testino date back to the mid-1990s and include groping and masturbation, the paper reported.

Ryan Locke, a model who worked with Testino on Gucci campaigns, described him as a "sexual predator".


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