Terry Richardson Banned From Magazine Shoots Over Harassment Claims
Oct 25 2017
A Condé Nast source tells PEOPLE that the email was aimed at worldwide titles in the company, and Vogue U.S. has not worked with Richardson in about eight years.
An internal email, reported by The Telegraph, allegedly ordered that all work now in development with Richardson was to be killed immediately, across magazines like GQ, Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair and Wired.
The message was sent by James Woolhouse, the company's executive vice president and chief operating officer, to "country presidents" at the firm at 8.14am on Monday.
His ouster from a major publisher, a day after a Times of London article questioned why he was being "feted by fashionistas", comes as models have spoken out about the harassment they face their industry, part of an outpouring of experiences in many fields after the Weinstein allegations.
Following the recent events surrounding Harvey Weinstein, a new sexual harasser is being ostracized from the fashion world: Terry Richardson. "Any shoots that have been [commissioned] or any shoots that have been completed but not yet published, should be killed and substituted with other material".
The snapper has been dogged for years by allegations of sexually exploiting models, which he has always denied.
'Please could you confirm that this policy will be actioned in your market effective immediately.
Richardson, 52, has been blamed by different ladies for constraining them into sex when they cooperated, however he has still landed prominent customers regardless of affirmations three years prior that prompted outlets, for example, American Vogue saying they didn't plan to work with him once more. Thank you for your support in this matter. In a statement to The Daily Telegraph his spokeswoman said: "He is an artist who has been known for his sexually explicit work, so many of his professional interactions with subjects were sexual and explict in nature but all of the subjects of his work participated consensually".
Richardson has not yet publicly commented on the reported Condé Nast ban, but has denied any wrongdoing. Since 1993, Richardson has made a career out of photographing high-profile celebrities, musicians, and even President Barack Obama, in front of a white wall, coaxing them into doing silly (and sometimes profane) things.