Terry Richardson, the American fashion photographer with a sexually specific aesthetic, has been banned from additional assignments for British Vogue and different main magazines, Condé Nast Britain confirmed Tuesday.
In an e mail to USA TODAY, Harriet Robertson, deputy publicity director for Condé Nast Britain, confirmed the accuracy of a report Tuesday in London's Daily Telegraph of a leaked email from a high official of the worldwide media firm declaring that Condé Nast would now not work with Richardson.
The photographer, 52, has lengthy been the goal of allegations that he has sexually exploited fashions he pictures — allegations he has repeatedly denied.
“Any shoots which have been fee(ed) or any shoots which have been accomplished however not but revealed, ought to be killed and substituted with different materials," the e-mail from COO James Woolhouse mentioned, based on the Telegraph.
Robertson advised USA TODAY the "content material of the e-mail has been appropriately quoted and that Condé Nast Worldwide has no additional remark to make."
Condé Nast officers in New York declined to elaborate on whether or not they, too, have banned Richardson from American Vogue and different shiny titles within the Condé Nast media empire like Vainness Truthful, GQ and Glamour.
“Condé Nast has nothing deliberate with Terry going ahead," based on an announcement by spokesman Joseph Libonati despatched to USA TODAY. "Sexual harassment of any variety is unacceptable and shouldn't be tolerated.”
In response to the ban, an individual accustomed to the scenario however not licensed to talk publicly mentioned Richardson denies any non-consensual interactions with fashions.
"Terry is upset to listen to about this e mail particularly as a result of he has beforehand addressed these outdated tales. He's an artist who has been identified for his sexually specific work, so lots of his skilled interactions with topics have been sexual and specific in nature however all the topics of his work participated consensually."
Nobody is saying on the document why Richardson is all of the sudden persona non grata after years of success within the fashion and publishing industries. However the transfer comes within the wake of tumult in Hollywood induced by the Harvey Weinstein intercourse-abuse scandal by which greater than 50 girls — together with a number of large-identify stars — have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, coercion, assault or rape in episodes courting again many years.
The Richardson ban additionally follows an article over the weekend within the Sunday Times of London that questioned the fashion world's continued hiring of Richardson to their fashion layouts.
"Why is Terry Richardson, who shot Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball video, nonetheless feted by fashionistas?," learn the headline on the story, which referred to Richardson because the "Harvey Weinstein of fashion." The article mentioned Richardson was just lately photographed arm-in-arm with Edward Enninful, the editor of British Vogue, and attended exhibits at New York’s fashion week final month.
"Why has it taken so lengthy for magazines to distance themselves from Terry Richardson?," The Guardian requested Tuesday.
Identified fashions as "Uncle Terry," Richardson has been notorious because the 1990s for "an virtually mushy-porn aesthetic" that includes nudity, innuendo and simulated intercourse acts, based on The Guardian.
Cyrus' Wrecking Ball video, for example, confirmed her on an enormous wrecking ball bare apart from a pair of Dr. Martens. He has made tens of millions, photographed notables such as President Obama and Oprah Winfrey, snapped layouts for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ, and directed movies for Beyoncé.
However a number of allegations have been made in opposition to him since 2010 when some models began going public, describing episodes of graphic abuse, inappropriate touching and sexual harassment they mentioned Richardson subjected them to on shoots.
In 2014, Richardson addressed what he known as the "rumors" about him in a letter on Huffington Post by which he mentioned he had at all times declined to "dignify" the allegations with a response, in contrast his edgy photographic aesthetic to that of Robert Mapplethorpe and Helmut Newton, and declared he was the sufferer of "vicious and distorted" accusations and "an emotionally-charged witch hunt."
"I've by no means used a proposal of labor or a menace of rebuke to coerce somebody into one thing that they didn't wish to do," he mentioned within the letter. "Sadly, within the ongoing quest for controversy-generated web page views, sloppy journalism fueled by sensationalized, malicious and manipulative recountings of this work has given rise to offended Web crusades. Nicely-intentioned or not, they're based mostly on lies."
He concluded by saying that he had come to simply accept "a few of my extra provocative work courts controversy, and as an artist, I worth the discourse that arises from this. I can solely hope for this discourse to be told by truth, in order that whether or not you're keen on my work or hate it, you give it, and me, the good thing about the reality."
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