Celebrity photographer Terry Richardson has been accused of offering to book model Emma Appleton for a Vogue photo-shoot in exchange for sex. British model received a shocking proposal from New York’s fashion photographer and posted a screen from her mobile device to her Instagram and Twitter account showing the message that Terry Richardson sent her
“If I can f*** you I will book you in ny (sic) for a. (sic) shoot for Vogue,” reads the message posted by Appleton.
Then she tweeted, “beginning to wish I hadn’t posted that… it doesn’t matter who you are or what the industry is, just be a decent human being.” She followed it up with a tweet saying, “The fact people think this is acceptable blows my fu–ing mind. See ya.” Then she deleted her Twitter account.
Candice Marks, a spokesperson for Richardson denied the message was real and claimed that the photographer did not send the message, saying, “this is obviously a fake. Terry did not send this text.”
Actually, it is not the first time the 48-year-old celebrity photographer has been accused of sexually inappropriate behavior. In March 2010 Danish model and filmmaker Rie Rasmussen accused him of manipulating young models in the hopes they will “take their clothes off and takes pictures of them they will be ashamed of”.
“They are too afraid to say no because their agency booked them on the job and are too young to stand up for themselves,” said Rasmussen. “I told him, ‘What you do is completely degrading to women. I hope you know you only fuck girls because you have a camera, lots of fashion contacts and get your pictures in Vogue.'”
In a post on Reddit in March, which later was removed, former model Charlotte Waters described an interaction with Richardson that began as a typical fashion shoot, but allegedly quickly escalated into unwanted sexual advances and acts, which included Richardson asking that she perform oral sex on him.
As a response to Waters’ claims, Richardson published a piece in the Huffington Post titled “Correcting the Rumors,” in which he wrote that he was the victim of an “emotionally-charged witch hunt,” and offered a vague denial of the allegations.
“I chose to primarily ignore a cycle of Internet gossip and false accusations against me. I felt that to dignify them with a response was a betrayal of my work and my character,” said the world famous photographer.
Despite many accusations of sexual harassment in the past, Richardson has never been charged, or convicted of any crime in connection with any allegations. The high-profile snapper continues to work at the highest echelons of the fashion industry, collaborating with famous brands like, Aldo, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and other, as well as with the top figures of show-biz Rhianna, Justin Bieber and Beyoncé.
Richardson is also known for launching a new look for Miley Cyrus with 22 highly explicit images publish last year of the pop star parading around an unfurnished New York studio in various states of undress.