Royal photographer Mario Testino accused of sexual exploitation

The fashion world will no longer do business with Mario Testino and Bruce Weber who have been accused of repeatedly sexually harassing male models and assistants

U.S. photographer Weber, 71, was accused by 15 current and former models of subjecting them to unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behaviour, according to The New York Times.

"We never had sex or anything, but a lot of things happened - a lot of touching, a lot of molestation".

The photographer, they claim, then guided their hands with his own.

"Like my agency said, he has a lot of power".

Weber's racy advertisements for Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch and other companies helped turn him into a star in commercial and fine art photography.

Both of the photographers had vehemently denied the allegations against them, reports Daily Mail.

The world-renowned photographer recently shot the Vogue February cover featuring Serena Williams and her baby daughter.

Numerous accusers spoke on the condition of anonymity.

"I'm completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny", Mr. Weber said in a statement through his lawyer.

The firm also told the NYT it had spoken to several former employees who were "shocked by the allegations" and that those employees "could not confirm any of the claims".

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And fellow model Ryan Locke described Testino as a "sexual predator" who he claims was aggressive and flirtatious throughout one naked shoot before ordering everyone else out of the room.

Testino's attorney, Andrew Brettler, said in an email to The Associated Press late Saturday, "We are not providing any further comment at this time". He told the Times that when he told other models he was going to meet Testino for a possible casting "everyone started making these jokes - they said he was notorious, and 'tighten your belt'". On the last day of the shoot, Locke was being photographed on a bed when Testino ordered everyone out of the studio.

Locked alleged that Testino later climbed on top of him during the Gucci shoot, saying "I'm the girl, you're the boy".

Photographic assistant Hugo Tillman said Testino once grabbed him on the street and tried to kiss him and, a few weeks later, pinned him down on a bed until he was removed by another person.

Model Bobby Roache said Weber tried to put his hands down Roache's pants during a casting in 2007.

Testino, who took the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official engagement photos and was given an honorary OBE in 2014, was accused by 13 male assistants and models of subjecting them to sexual advances.

Industries across the USA have been rocked by sexual assault allegations against prominent male figures.

Revelations of abuse often have faded away in the fashion industry.

The latest men accused in a snowballing sexual harassment scandal are two of the most powerful photographers in the fashion industry.

In a statement posted on the Vogue website, Anna Wintour also addressed the accusations, while noting that the magazine's publisher, Condé Nast, is rolling out a new Code of Conduct for outside contributors, which includes that models must pre-approve shoots that involve nudity or sexually suggestive poses.

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