Male models accuse photographers Bruce Weber, Mario Testino of sexual misconduct

Model Mark Ricketson left speaks during a press conference with his attorney Lisa Bloom center and model Jason Boyce who are accusing

Several models told The Times that during the private session with Weber, the photographer forced them to give nude pose for test shoots, he would start "breathing exercises" which would lead him to inappropriate touching.

According to the exposé published today, January 13, there are 15 male models who have accused Weber, and 13 male models and assistants that have come forward with allegations about Testino. Testino, now 63, shot the February 2018 cover of Vogue featuring Serena Williams and daughter Alexis Olympia, and has famously photographed the royal family, including engagement photos of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

"I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Conde Nast have made a decision to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future".

A statement from Mr Weber quoted in the paper said: "I'm completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny".

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. The model added, "We never had sex or anything, but a lot of things happened".

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"He was a sexual predator", said Ryan Locke, who succeeded Fedele with Gucci.

Reps for both photographers are adamantly denying the models' accounts, which the Times said were recalled "with remarkable consistency".

At one point Mr Testino is alleged to have ordered other employees off set so he was alone with Mr Locke. Then he crawls on the bed, climbs on top of me and says: "I'm the girl, you're the boy".

Locke alleges he pushed the photographer away, got dressed and left. "I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out". "A lot of molestation".

Former assistants said Testino had a pattern of hiring young, heterosexual men and subjecting them to increasingly aggressive advances.

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Model Monty Hooper said Weber told him he had "to learn to be more vulnerable" at a test shoot at the photographer's TriBeCa studio in 2014.

Men said to the paper that they had asked to participate in "breathing exercises" which could include inappropriate touching, while model Bobby Roache said Weber tried to put his hands down Roache's pants during a casting in 2007.

Hooper said he was told: "If I'm more vulnerable, I'll go a lot farther in my career modeling".

Anna Wintour, the mag's editor and artistic director of publishers Conde Nast, and Robert A Sauerberg Jr, its CEO, told the paper the company was "deeply disturbed" by the claims.

Conde Nast recently distanced itself from Terry Richardson following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, despite claims about the photographer mistreating models having been aired years previously.

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