Male models say top fashion photographers harassed them

A number of models and former assistants have recalled alleged incidents to the publication accusing Testino 63 and Weber 71 of sexual misconduct

A number of models and former assistants have recalled alleged incidents to the publication accusing Testino 63 and Weber 71 of sexual misconduct

Likewise, at least 13 male models and former assistants to Mario Testino told the New York Times that the famous photographer - known for his portraits of Princess Diana, Madonna, Kate Moss, and the British Royal family - allegedly coerced them into sexually explicit behavior.

Surprised by the allegations, Weber through his lawyer said in a statement: "Shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me."The law firm that represents Testino has said they were equally "shocked by the allegations" and that the employees coming forward "could not confirm any of the claims".

Testino's attorney, Andrew Brettler, said in an email to The Associated Press late Saturday, "We are not providing any further comment at this time".

On Saturday, the New York Times reported that they spoke with 15 current and former male models who accused Weber of sexual harassment and abuse of power.

According to the New York Times, the men faced many occasions where they believed there was unnecessary nudity and touching involved by both accused parties.

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Models were asked to "breathe" and to touch themselves and Weber, moving their hands wherever they felt "energy", the newspaper said. Given my life's work, these twisted and untrue allegations are truly disheartening.

"I am honoured to have been asked to show some of the photographs from that day in surroundings as unique as Kensington Palace and design the rooms that pictures and dresses are to be exhibited".

Testino is accused of sexual advances on male assistants and models dating back to the mid-1990s.

Meanwhile, Testino's lawyers have questioned the credibility of the accusers stating that they "cannot be considered reliable sources".

"Today, allegations have been made against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, stories that have been hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront".

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A number of fashion industry executives weighed in over the weekend, expressing concern about the allegations and hopes for change. "Burberry is committed to providing a just, safe and fair working environment and we have a zero-tolerance policy against any form of harassment, abuse or discrimination".

Magazine publishers frequently contract with photographers for lavish photo shoots.

Conde's initial statement about harassment in the media business was issued last October, in the weeks following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which led to revelations about other powerful men in multiple industries.

Among the changes: The guidelines will prohibit underage models and the presence of alcohol on photo sets.

Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast, said the fashion magazine (along with other Condé Nast titles), would not be working with either photographer for the foreseeable future.

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