As part of this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, Vanity Fair and car brand Genesis were set to prepare an intimate sit-down dinner to honor Vogue photographer Bruce Weber’s latest monograph, “All-American Volume XVII”. After a complaint was filed by model Jason Boyce alleging that the photographer forced him to rub his genitals, the dinner and event were since canceled and with sponsors reportedly dropping out.
The initial report appeared in The LA Times via the NY Post, in what has been described as “casting couch practice”. The 19-page document against Weber also names Jason Kanner, Soul Artist Management, and Little Bear Inc.
The complaint states that Boyce “suffered humiliation, emotional anguish and lost economic opportunities, including the end of his modeling career in New York […] Mr. Boyce felt intense dread at the thought of a modeling career in an industry where Mr. Weber was considered by many to be a top photographer and primary champion of male models.”
Not long after the allegations were filed, a second model, Mark Rickerton, came forward during a press conference to say that Weber also harassed him 13 years ago when he was 18. Joining him at the conference were Boyce and lawyer Lisa Bloom.
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