On Saturday, the New York Times reported that multiple models and assistants have accused top fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber of sexual misconduct. Today, it was announced that Condé Nast would be cutting ties with both men.
15 models accused 71-year-old Weber of engaging in “unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behavior” on shoots. One model, Joseph Ardolf, told the Times that in 2011, when he was 20 years old, Weber went through a series of “breathing exercises” with the model which resulted in Weber touching Ardolf’s genitals.
Testino, another fashion magazine veteran, has been accused by 13 male models and assistants of sexual harassment and groping. “He misbehaved in hotel rooms, the backs of cars and on first-class flights,” former assistant Roman Barrett said. “Then things would go back to normal, and that made you feel gaslighted.”
Through a lawyer, Weber said: “I’m completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny.”
Vogue and Condé Nast have cut ties with the photographers, and Anna Wintour released a statement Saturday announcing that Condé Nast would not work with Weber and Testino. “I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have decided to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future,” she said.