Business of Fashion has published a report detailing more allegations against Bruce Weber by four men. The report follows an earlier NYTimes article, which revealed accusations against both Weber and fellow photographer Mario Testino.
DJ Janney, a former male model, alleges that during a break on a shoot for British Vogue in 1982, Weber asked him to strip to his underwear for a photo he could take to Calvin Klein. Janney was happy to oblige until Weber allegedly then requested him to get completely naked. According to Janney, Weber said that the photos would not be published anywhere and were for “his own use, and to show Calvin.”
Janney also alleges that, during a shoot with his brother, Weber asked them to “pretend to be boyfriends.” When they refused, Janney says they were “subjected to verbal abuse” and blacklisted from future work.
Fit model Christopher Cates alleges that in 2006 Weber asked him to undress in a private room on set. Cates says Weber then touched him inappropriately and took photographs of him naked.
The third accuser, male model Ryan Vigilant, told BoF that Weber “touched him inappropriately in a sexual manner during a shoot in 2008.”
The final model cited in the article, Alex Geerman, alleges that Weber touched around his genitals during “breathing exercises.” At the time, Geerman was very upset, but now says that “it wasn’t a sexual thing.”
When asked for comment on these new allegations, a representative for Weber said he stood by his statement made to The New York Times: “I’m completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny. I have used common breathing exercises and professionally photographed thousands of nude models over my career, but never touched anyone inappropriately. Given my life’s work, these twisted and untrue allegations are truly disheartening. I’ve been taking pictures for over 40 years and have the utmost respect for everyone I’ve ever photographed. I would never, ever, try to hurt anyone or prevent someone from succeeding — it’s just not in my character.”
The earlier report, published by The New York Times, revealed that both Bruce Weber and fellow fashion photographer Mario Testino have been accused of multiple counts of sexual misconduct.
It stated that 15 male models have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Bruce Weber. The article described a “pattern” of “unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behavior” in Weber’s photoshoots.
Mario Testino, meanwhile, was accused by 13 people of unwanted sexual advances that in some cases “included groping and masturbation.”
A representative of Mario Testino denied the claims.
Since the allegations emerged, Vogue‘s Anna Wintour has released a statement, writing ” 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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