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Celebrity photographer blacklisted from Vogue and Vanity Fair amid harassment claims

The photographer is well-known for his sexually explicit photo shoots.

Photographer Terry Richardson
Photographer Terry Richardson
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A CONTROVERSIAL AMERICAN photographer has been blacklisted from a host of celebrity magazines, including Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair, amid a number of claims of sexual harassment.

Terry Richardson, well-known for his sexually explicit photographs, regularly has his work on the front cover of such magazines, and also directed the Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball video.

In an email seen by the UK’s Daily Telegraph, staff at Condé Nast International, whose other titles include Glamour and Wired, were told that any work of Richardson’s that had already been commissioned should be “killed or substituted with other material”.

The company’s chief operating officer James Woodhouse told staff: “I am writing to you on an important matter. Condé Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson.

Please could you confirm that this policy will be actioned in your market effective immediately. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Richardson has been accused of sexually harassing a number of models in the past, but he has always denied these claims.

A piece in the UK’s Sunday Times at the weekend questioned the fashion industry’s continued employment of Richardson, in light of recent revelations about sexual harassment in the film industry.

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Writing in the Huffington Post in 2014, the photographer said that sexual imagery had always been a part of his work. He added he always “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”.

The spotlight falls on Richardson, and the modelling industry, in the wake of the dozens of women who have come forward alleging that they were sexually harassed, and in some cases raped, by Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.

For decades, it is alleged that Weinstein abused women and used his clout in the film industry to do so.

Read: Weinstein’s former assistant claims he used to try to pull her into his bed

Read: 38 women accuse Hollywood writer and director James Toback of sexual harassment

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