Los Angeles, Jan 14 Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have been suspended by various fashion magazines, including Vogue, after models accused the top fashion photographers of sexually exploiting them. "I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have made a decision to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future". Weber denied all of the allegations brought against him in the complaint.
"I remember him putting his fingers in my mouth, and him grabbing my privates", recalls model Robyn Sinclair.
Both men have been surprised by the allegations, with a statement from Weber's lawyer saying he is "shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me".
Lavely & Singer, the law firm representing the pair, has not responded to a request for comment on the claims about Weber from the Press Association and said there would be no additional comment regarding Testino. We never had sex or anything, but a lot of things happened.
The article further states similar claims against photographer Bruce Weber, who is being accused by more than 15 male models of sexual improprieties. A former Gucci model called Jason Fedele alleges, "If you wanted to work with Mario, you needed to do a nude shoot at the Chateau Marmont".
He claimed that when he told contemporaries he was working with the Peru-born photographer they would joke: "tighten your belt", labelling him as "notorious". "I went at him, like, you better get away".
Similarly, 13 models to and former assistants of Mario Testino, a longtime favorite of both Vogue and the Royals, described to The Times how the photographer had "subjected them to sexual advances that in some cases included groping and masturbation".
Model Bobby Roache said Weber tried to put his hands down Roache's pants during a casting in 2007.
"Sexual harassment was a constant reality", said Roman Barrett, an assistant to Testino in the late 1990s who said the photographer rubbed up against his leg with an erection and masturbated in front of him.
Several industries have been rocked by sexual-abuse allegations since women started coming forward to complain about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has apologised for causing colleagues "a lot of pain".
The company also announced it had begun to formulate a code of conduct to protect models from sexual harassment in October, according to the Times.
She announced a new worldwide "Code of Conduct" for contributors to all publications of Vogue's parent company, Conde Nast, for which she serves as artistic director.