Models accuse photographers of harassment

Several models and ex-assistants who worked with Mario Testino accuse the

Lawyers for both photographers said they were "dismayed and surprised" by the claims.

In a statement to the New York Times, Bruce Weber called the allegations "untrue", also stating that he "had never touched the models inappropriately".

During these sessions, the models claim that Weber asked them to touch themselves and him, and claim that he allegedly touched them as well.

Another model, Robyn Sinclair said, "I remember him putting his fingers in my mouth, and him grabbing my privates". A lot of touching. "A lot of molestation", at Weber's hands.

The allegations against the Peruvian photographer go back to the mid-1990s and include groping and masturbation, according to the New York Times.

The allegations from Testino's 13 accusers span decades. To that end, agent Gene Kogan explained to The Times: "It was general practice to give a model a heads-up about a specific photographer who we knew had a certain reputation".

You may not know Mario Testino's name, but you know his work.

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Ryan Locke, a model who worked with Testino on Gucci campaigns, described him as a "sexual predator".

Former assistants revealed that Testino often hired usually heterosexual young men. On the last day of the shoot, Locke was being photographed on a bed when Testino ordered everyone out of the studio. "I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out", Locke said. In addition to the Weitzman brand, the Condé Nast organization has severed ties with both Testino and Weber, according to reports from FN's sister publication WWD.

In a statement to the New York Times from his lawyer, Weber said he was "shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny".

Lavely & Singer, a law firm that represents Testino, questioned the credibility of people who complained of harassment, and also wrote that it had spoken to several former employees who were "shocked by the allegations" and that they "could not confirm any of the claims".

Lawyers acting for Testino, who is famous for his fashion portraits and photographs of the Royal Family, dismissed the models' accounts, while Weber's lawyers have also denied the claims, the paper said.

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. "Today, allegations have been made against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, stories that have been hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront". The company has also put into effect new policies regarding protocol on photo shoots, as well as model's rights, details of which are forthcoming. Tillman said Testino's brother came into the room and made the photographer get off Mr. Tillman.

Weber and Testino have been accused of abusing their power, the two have become the latest men accused in a sexual harassment scandal.

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