Condé Nast is not taking sexual harassment allegations lightly and has banned famed photographer Terry Richardson‘s work from their publications.There has been a barrage of women recently coming out recounting their sexual harassment accounts with famous men in the entertainment industry. Many of these disturbing stories have been known by insiders for years, but now that the climate is slowly changing and victim blaming is becoming less prevalent, these predators are beginning to reap what they sew.
Enter Terry Richardson. Richardson has been a name in the fashion industry for decades. His provocative photos have been in campaigns for brands like Marc Jacobs, Gucci, and Miu Miu, and in magazines like Vogue Paris, and Harper’s Bazaar. He was in an elite circle of the upper echelon of fashion where power reigns supreme.
In an exclusive broken by the Telegraph, they obtained an email circulated within Condé Nast sent out by James Woolhouse, the executive vice president, and chief operating officer. The email asked all staff not to work with Richardson.
According to the Telegraph, Mr. Woolhouse wrote;
“I am writing to you on an important matter. Condé Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson.
“Any shoots that have been commission[ed] or any shoots that have been completed but not yet published, should be killed and substituted with other material.
“Please could you confirm that this policy will be actioned in your market effective immediately. Thank you for your support in this matter.”
Apparently, Mr. Richardson’s contract has been in negotiation limbo for some time, but with all of the news recently on big names in Hollywood and business being involved in sexual misconduct,the numerous allegations against him resurfaced.
The Times UK published an article the day before this news broke likening Richardson to disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein calling him the “Harvey Weinstein of Fashion,” questioning why people within the industry continue to work with him.
There have been stories about Richardson’s alleged lewd and downright disgusting behavior circulating for years. In 2010, Jezebel magazine posted a scathing expose on Richardson’s debaucherous behavior sourced from several other publications like the NY Post, The Gloss, and the Observer.
In the article, he allegedly asked a young model, Jaime Peck, to take her panties off for the shoot, she refused, citing that she was on her menstrual cycle. He continued prodding her by asking if she would take it out so he could “play with it” and make “tea.” At one point she recounts that he completely disrobed and told her to take pictures of him naked. This behavior went on to include even more disturbing incidents.
Another model by the name of Rie Rasmussen, even confronted Richardson in public citing his abuse of power with the young models he works with to no avail. Later, Richardson complained to her agency about her.
Richardson has never addressed any of these allegations publicly when contacted. Now that there has been a literal order placed by one of the largest publishers in the world to kill anything attached to him within their publications, it adds weight to the allegations of so many women.
Richardson has not since commented on this, but, if these accounts are true, we hope the truth comes to light.