‘He pressed it to my open mouth’
WARNING: Explicit content.
AMID the Harvey Weinstein scandal and a torrent of accusations of sexual exploitation, Terry Richardson - the man said to be the fashion industry's most depraved photographer - was this week barred from working on some of its biggest magazines, including Vogue.
As a writer at The Sun said, "The guillotine has fallen as yet another industry evicts an alleged 'predator' who has for years admitted to having sex with a string of women, insisting all encounters had been consensual."
On Tuesday The Telegraph revealed that Richardson, 52, was dropped by Conde Nast, which publishes Vogue, GQ and Glamour.
A leaked email, sent to staff by executive vice-president James Woolhouse, also warned that any commissioned work with the photographer should be "killed or substituted with other material".
The list of models who have levelled claims of sexual harassment and assault against Richardson is damning.
The email followed a UK newspaper article which asked why the photographer was still being "feted by fashionistas" in the wake of the Weinstein revelations.
Like Weinstein, Richardson's defence is that the sexual acts were "consensual". His friends say people know his shoots can be explicit.
His spokesman said a few weeks ago: "All the subjects of his work participated consensually."
Richardson recently wrote: "I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work and as is typical ... everyone signed releases.
"I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do.
"I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly, and such, it has been difficult to see myself as a target of revisionist history."
Journalist Harriet Sim compiled a list of some of the allegations against Richardson for Marie Claire. It makes for uncomfortable reading.
Keep in mind that this is the man who made the infamous "it's not who you know, it's who you blow. I don't have a hole in my jeans for nothing" statement to Hint magazine 10 years ago.
Anna del Gaizo
Anna del Gaizo told a fashion website how she had agreed to pose topless for Richardson but then he shocked her by thrusting his manhood against her face with "no warning whatsoever".
She wrote: "He pressed it to my open mouth, giggling. He wanted a blow job, and he wanted it documented. I just knew I wanted to get out of there as soon as possible."
Cohen reportedly walked out of a 2002 Vogue shoot after Richardson made some indecent requests.
"I worked with him once … and I would never work with him again," she told Girlie Girl Army in 2013. "Not even if it was a zillion dollar contract with security guards and my own mother present. This monster has brought me so much unhappiness in my life from one photo shoot. You may think that is crazy, but it's true."
She went on to reveal more about the shoot in 2014. "He wanted me to be completely naked and pretend to give one of the men a sex act, while he was also naked," she told New Statesman. Cohen alleges that the men were not models or actors but Richardson's friends.
'Anna', a New York-based stylist
Anna alleges Richardson assaulted her while on a photo shoot.
"I felt a d**k pressing into the side of my face. Terry Richardson's semi-hard penis was plunged into the outside of my cheek, and he was jabbing it into my face," she wrote in a letter she sent to Jezebel.
At 21, Scout Willis (the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) allegedly reported a sexual assault encounter with Richardson on her Twitter account.
"Last night Terry Richardson tried to finger me, I didn't let him, obviously. But I did let him photograph me topless in the bathroom."
Waters, who was paying her way through art college by working as a nude model when she was 19 years old, recounted to Vocativ how during a photo shoot Richardson told her to perform oral sex on him, licked her bare bottom and treated her like a "sex puppet". She says he demanded she squeeze his testicles, and masturbated into her eye.
Peck claims in an online post on The Gloss that, aged 19, she was asked to perform a sex act on Richardson - which she did while his team of assistants egged her on.
Peck said: "He spoke in the effeminate tones of someone trying very hard not to come off as sexually threatening."
She claims Richardson also asked her to remove her tampon so he could play with it.
Cech revealed that Richardson's assistant asked her to grab the photographer's private parts and twist them as hard as she could on one shoot. Richardson later claimed Cech agreed to it.
But she responded: "The experience was not consensual. It was revolting and humiliating."
"I did it. But later I didn't feel good about it," Cech said in Sara Ziff's documentary Picture Me.
Alexandra 'Skinny' Bolotow
The Observer reported New York University student and then intern for Richardson, Alex, was pictured performing a sexual act on Richardson while in a trash can with the word "Slut" plastered across her forehead. She has since married Richardson and they have twins together.
When Fawn told Richardson over a preliminary Skype meeting that she would never "sell her body for fame", he responded: "Then you need to work at McDonald's, this is the lifestyle," adding that on any given day, there were at least 20 other models willing to have sex with him for the exposure. Fawn made these claims in a tweet, which has since been deleted.