Conde Nast drops Terry Richardson after misconduct claims

Celebrity photographer Terry Richardson 'is banned from working with major fashion magazines including Vogue' after sexual harassment claims resurface

Longtime fashion photographer Terry Richardson, who has shot some of the biggest names in fashion for outlets such as GQ and Vogue, has been accused of ongoing sexual harassment, according to The Telegraph. Rolling Stone and Harper's Bazaar waited only eight months after the allegations surfaced to give Richardson two cover spreads.

A spokesperson for Richardson told BuzzFeed in a statement on Monday that his client was "disappointed" about the Conde Nast email.

The decision comes after a Sunday Times article published last week associated Richardson with the ongoing sexual assault scandal facing disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the allegations of which Weinstein has denied, saying through a rep, "Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".

His spokeswoman later insisted the message was a fake, but several other women came forward to make their own allegations against him - with many claiming he'd strip and ask them to perform sex acts while he photographed them.

The 52-year-old photographer has had a notable career in fashion photography and worked with everyone from Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to Miley Cyrus, but his work has also come with long-running whispers of sexual abuse and harassment. A 2013 New York Post exposé by Maureen Callahan called him "fashion's favorite pervert" and noted Richardson's notoriety for "years-long, rampant reports of sexually exploiting and abusing his models".

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An email sent around the media group, which publishes titles such as Vogue, GQ and Glamour, instructed staff that any work commissioned from Richardson should not run or be replaced. In 2015, model Kate Upton said Richardson had shared off-the-record images and video of her without her permission, but months later, Miley Cyrus employed Richardson as part of her identity shift, doing a sexually explicit shoot with him and asking him to direct "Wrecking Ball".

Terry Richardson has reportedly been barred from working with top Conde Nast magazines.

"I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work", he wrote.

'Please could you confirm that this policy will be actioned in your market effective immediately. "I have never utilized an offer of work or a risk of reproach to constrain somebody into something that they would not like to do", he said.

Perhaps this move was responding to past allegations against Richardson, perhaps it was a good publicity stunt in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein debacle.



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