Major fashion brands are now dropping controversial photographer Terry Richardson in response to numerous allegations of sexual impropriety.
Richardson, whose work has appeared in Vice, Vanity Fair, GQ and other publications, was accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour in 2014 by a number of models including Rie Rasmussen, Jamie Peck and Charlotte Waters. He denied the allegations and described himself as “considerate and respectful” of his photographic subjects.
An email circulated between top level staff of publishing giant Condé Nast International (Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Glamour) on Monday (October 23), reportedly told staff that the company would no longer work with Richardson and that any existing work already commissioned should be “killed or substituted with other material”. Speaking to NME, a Conde Nast spokesman confirmed that the content of the email has been correctly quoted. Conde Nast US said in a statement: “Condé Nast has nothing planned with him going forward. Sexual harassment of any kind is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”
Now, major fashion brands have joined the boycott of Richardson’s work. A spokesperson for Valentino has told the Guardian: “The last campaign with photographer Terry Richardson was shot in July 2017 – there are no plans for a future campaign and of course [we] take these allegations seriously”, while Bulgari have also confirmed that they have “no plans to work with him again.”
In a letter published by Huffington Post last week, Richardson again denied accusations of sexual misconduct, saying: “I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work, and as is typical with any project, everyone signed releases. I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do. I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly, and as such, it has been difficult to see myself as a target of revisionist history.”