(Photo: Mario Testino, via twitter)
A total of 15 former and active male models who worked with Weber, 71, have come forward to tell the Times personal stories about “unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behavior” during photo shoots.
In detailed accounts reaching back to the mid-1990s, 13 male models and assistants who worked with Testino, 63, tell the Times he “subjected them to sexual advances that in some cases included groping and masturbation.”
Because Testino and Weber are both longtime contributors to Vogue and Condé Nast, Vogue editor and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour has released a statement.
“Even as we stand with victims of abuse and misconduct, we must also hold a mirror up to ourselves—and ask if we are doing our utmost to protect those we work with so that unacceptable conduct never happens on our watch,” Wintour writes.
“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.”
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