Conde Nast magazines have blacklisted photographer Terry Richardson because of numerous allegations he sexually assaulted and harassed models and stylists, according to a report in The Telegraph. The newspaper reports that an email circulated to Conde Nast magazines says the publishing company “would like to no longer work with the photographer.” In addition, any shoots planned with Richardson or any unpublished stories he shot should be “killed or substituted with other material.”
The email, signed by James Woolhouse, Conde Nast executive vice president and CEO, is reported to have been sent out Monday October 22, one day after The Sunday Times of London published a story asking why Richardson, who has never been charged with a crime but has been accused many times of sexual assault, is “still feted by fashionistas.” The story called Richardson “the Harvey Weinstein of fashion.”
Numerous models have said that Richardson exposed himself to them, forced them to perform fellatio and abused them in other ways. (See PDN‘s 2014 story on the allegations, and calls on his clients to stop working with him). In 2014, model Charlotte Waters published a graphic account of being mistreated by Richardson, and other models said he would ask for sexual favors during casting calls. Claims by Waters and others lead to calls for Richardson’s clients to stop working with him. But the following year, his images appeared on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar.
In 2010, model Rie Rasmussen said Richardson’s victims feared retribution. “They are too afraid to say no because their agency booked them on the job and are too young to stand up for themselves.”
Richardson’s clients have included Conde Nast’s Vogue and GQ, Hearst’s Harper’s Bazaar, as well as Vice, Purple, i-D, H&M, Equinox and other commercial and editorial clients.
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