Celebrity and vogue photographer Mario Testino is accused of sexual harassment and assault by a number of male fashions and three picture assistants, in accordance with a prolonged report by the New York Times. Many of his accusers went on the document with the Times and supplied their names.
“Sexual harassment was a constant reality,” Roman Barrett advised the Times. Barrett labored as a photograph assistant to Testino within the 1990s. “He misbehaved in hotel rooms, the backs of cars and on first-class flights. Then things would go back to normal, and that made you feel gaslighted,” mentioned Barrett. Barrett additionally alleges that Testino masturbated in entrance of him.
The Times additionally particulars how Testino would use his energy to acquire entry to nude male fashions. “If you wanted to work with Mario, you needed to do a nude shoot at the Chateau Marmont,” male mannequin Jason Fedele mentioned to the Times. “All the agents knew that this was the thing to excel or advance your career.” During these nude shoots, Testino allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual habits in direction of the fashions.
Another mannequin, Ryan Locke, was solid in a marketing campaign for Gucci throughout Tom Ford’s helm. Testing was photographing Locke, when “he shuts the door and locks it. Then he crawls on the mattress, climbs on high of me and says, ‘I’m the lady, you’re the boy.’ I went at him, like, you higher get away. I threw the towel on him, put my garments on and walked out.”
Testino, by way of his attorneys, has denied all allegations, saying that the accusers “cannot be considered reliable sources.” They referred to as Barrett a disgruntled former worker. “I was pushed around, overworked, underpaid and sexually harassed daily. That’s why I was disgruntled,” mentioned Barrett in response.
The #MeToo motion hasn’t simply engulfed leisure, media, and politics, the reckoning has come for the style trade as properly. Photographer Terry Richardson, lengthy accused of harassing and assaulting feminine fashions, was blacklisted by Condé Nast, Hearst, and labels reminiscent of Valentino and Bulgari. Additionally, photographer Bruce Weber responded to 2 allegations of sexual assault. Fashion shouldn’t be ignored of the dialog — significantly when fashions are typically susceptible to predators within the trade.
If you’ve gotten skilled sexual violence and are in want of disaster help, please name the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
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