Terry Richardson denies inappropriate conduct, saying he was 'exploring sexuality' with models

The famous fashion photographer has faced a string of complaints

Lizzie Dearden
Tuesday 17 June 2014 17:53

Fashion photographer Terry Richardson has denied claims of inappropriate conduct during his shoots after numerous complaints from models, saying explicit acts were part of “exploring sexuality”.

The 48-year-old has been the subject of several legal claims from models he has worked with and some women have made public allegations claiming he coerced them into sex.

Earlier this year, he denied the “false accusations” and claimed to be the victim of an “emotionally-charged witch hunt” in a blog on the Huffington Post.

Richardson is known for his erotic brand of photography and has photographed celebrities including Kate Moss, Miley Cyrus and Beyonce.

In an interview with New York Magazine, he said he was never alone with models during photo shoots.

“It was never just me and a girl, ever,” he said. “It was always assistants, or other people around, or girls brought friends over to hang out.

“It was very daytime, no drugs, no alcohol. It was a happening, there was energy, it was fun, it was exciting, making these strong images, and that's what it was.

“People collaborating and exploring sexuality and taking pictures.”

Richardson directed Miley Cyrus in the controversial video for 'Wrecking Ball'

One accusation, from a British model, related to a message seemingly from Richardson but that was proved to be a hoax from a fake Facebook account.

Another one, originally posted anonymously by a model on Reddit, alleged that when she was 19 Richardson directed her to fellate him during a shoot.

She was hospitalised after a panic attack later that night, she claimed.

A writer and stylist named Anna, from New York, claimed she was 23 when Richardson invited her to a photo shoot at his home and told her to reveal her breasts.

He allegedly asked her to crouch down on the floor, and “suddenly, I felt a d*** pressing into the side of my face,” she wrote in an email to Jezebel. “He pressed it to my lips. He clearly wanted a blow job and wanted it documented on camera.”

No criminal charges have ever been pressed against Richardson.

He has freely talked about photo shoots getting “wild” and published pictures of sex acts, sometimes involving himself in exhibitions and books.

A collection of his work called Kibosh, features numerous pictures of Richardson’s penis, as well as him receiving oral sex or ejaculating on a woman’s face.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in