'He misbehaved in hotel rooms, cars and on first-class flights': Male models tell how the Royals' favorite photographer Mario Testino 'molested them' and 15 accuse Bruce Weber of harassment

  • Male models and former assistants have accused the men of sexual misconduct
  • Several models say Weber would ask for 'unnecessary nudity' during photo shoots
  • Meanwhile, Testino has been accused of forcing himself on several men including subjecting them to groping and masturbation
  • Testino, 63, is a favorite of both Vogue magazine and the British royal family
  • He photographed Princess Diana in her famous 1997 Vogue cover shoot 
  • Both photographers have vehemently denied the allegations against them
  • Vogue editor-in-chief and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour said the relationships with Testino and Weber will cease 'for the foreseeable future'

Famed photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have been accused of sexual misconduct by male models and former assistants.

In an expose published by The New York Times on Saturday, 15 current and former male models accused Weber of often 'unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behavior', during photo shoots.

And in the case of Testino - who has often photographed for Vogue and the British royal family - 13 male assistants and models said he 'subjected them to sexual advances that in some cases included groping and masturbation'. 

Both of the photographers had vehemently denied the allegations against them.

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

Lavely & Singer, the law firm that represents Testino, said in a letter in response to these accounts that the individuals who spoke with The Times 'cannot be considered reliable sources'.

Famed photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have been accused of sexual misconduct by male models. Fifteen current and former male models accused Weber (pictured) of often 'unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behavior, often during photo shoots

Famed photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have been accused of sexual misconduct by male models. Fifteen current and former male models accused Weber (pictured) of often 'unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behavior, often during photo shoots

in the case of Testino (pictured) - who has often photographed for Vogue and the British royal family - 13 male assistants and models said he 'subjected them to sexual advances that in some cases included groping and masturbation'

in the case of Testino (pictured) - who has often photographed for Vogue and the British royal family - 13 male assistants and models said he 'subjected them to sexual advances that in some cases included groping and masturbation'

Roman Barrett, an assistant to Testino in the late 1990s, said the photographer rubbed up against his leg with an erection and masturbated in front of him.

'Sexual harassment was a constant reality. 

'He misbehaved in hotel rooms, the backs of cars and on first-class flights. 

'Then things would go back to normal, and that made you feel gaslighted.' 

Testino, 63, is one of the most revered names in the photography industry. He shot Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement photos, photographed Madonna with her first daughter as a baby for Vanity Fair and arranged Princess Diana's 1997 cover shoot.

He recently photographed the February cover of Vogue, featuring Serena Williams and her daughter and received an Order of the British Empire in 2014. But allegations against him date back to the 1990s while photographing Gucci campaigns.

'If you wanted to work with Mario, you needed to do a nude shoot at the Chateau Marmont,' said Jason Fedele, a model in those campaigns. 'All the agents knew that this was the thing to excel or advance your career.'

Former model Ryan Locke (pictured) says Testino climbed on top of him during a shoot and said: 'I'm the girl, you're the boy'
Terron Wood (pictured) said Weber forced him to expose his genitals

Former model Ryan Locke (left) says Testino climbed on top of him during a shoot and said: 'I'm the girl, you're the boy'. Terron Wood (right) said Weber forced him to expose his genitals

Robyn Sinclair (pictured) said that Weber would perform 'breathing exercises' with him and even grabbed his private
Jason Fedele (pictured) said that Testino would often encourage nudity during photo shootsand would often 'reach' for towels

Robyn Sinclair (left) said that Weber would perform 'breathing exercises' with him and even grabbed his privates. Jason Fedele (right) said that Testino would often encourage nudity during photo shoots and would often 'reach' for towels

Model Monty Hooper (pictured) said Weber told him he had 'to learn to be more vulnerable' and led him through a breathing exercise
Testino's former assistant Hugo Tillman (pictured) said that the photographer grabbed him on the street one night and tried to kiss him and on another night pinned him onto a bed

Model Monty Hooper (left) said Weber told him he had 'to learn to be more vulnerable' and led him through a breathing exercise. Testino's former assistant Hugo Tillman (right) said that the photographer grabbed him on the street one night and tried to kiss him and on another night pinned him onto a bed

Fedele said the nudity was not what bothered him but rather certain moves such as 'reaching' for towels.

'He was a sexual predator,' said Ryan Locke, who succeeded Fedele with Gucci.  

Locke recalled being hired by Gucci and Testino's 'aggressive' behavior. On the last day of the shoot, Locke was being photographed on a bed when Testino ordered everyone out of the studio.  

'He shuts the door and locks it. Then he crawls on the bed, climbs on top of me and says: 'I'm the girl, you're the boy'. I went at him, like 'You better get away'. I threw the towel on him, put my clothes on and walked out,' Locke said.

Several assistants said Testino's behavior towards them was similar. 

Hugo Tillman, who worked as an assistant in the 90s, said that Testino grabbed him on the street one night and tried to kiss him. 

A few weeks later, while on a business trip, Tillman met Testino in his hotel room where Testino thew him on the bed and pinned him down. Tillman said  Testino's brother came into the room and made the photographer get off Mr. Tillman.

One assistant said he had his pants pulled down and buttocks fondled while on the job. Another claimed Testino masturbated on him during a business trip. 

The latter two gave accounts to the Times under the condition of anonymity because they feared career repercussions.

Testino is one of the favorite photographers used by Vogue. He photographed Princess Diana in her famous 1997 Vogue cover shoot 

Testino is one of the favorite photographers used by Vogue. He photographed Princess Diana in her famous 1997 Vogue cover shoot 

Serena Williams's cover for this month's vogue was shot by Testino. Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Condé Nast announced they will not commission either photographer 'for the foreseeable future'

Serena Williams's cover for this month's vogue was shot by Testino. Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Condé Nast announced they will not commission either photographer 'for the foreseeable future'

Testino also captured Prince William and Kate Middleton's famous 'informal' engagement photo (pictured)

Testino also captured Prince William and Kate Middleton's famous 'informal' engagement photo (pictured)

Since the 1970s, Weber, 71, has been one of the most important commercial and fine art photographers.

Models told the Times that Weber would have young, male models visit him in his hotel room where they would perform 'breathing exercises' where he places his hands all over their body. 

'I remember him putting his fingers in my mouth, and him grabbing my privates,' said the model Robyn Sinclair. 

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

'I remember him putting his fingers in my mouth, and him grabbing my privates. We never had sex or anything, but a lot of things happened. A lot of touching. A lot of molestation,' Sinclair (pictured) said of Weber

'I remember him putting his fingers in my mouth, and him grabbing my privates. We never had sex or anything, but a lot of things happened. A lot of touching. A lot of molestation,' Sinclair (pictured) said of Weber

Terron Wood (pictured) a model who shot several ad campaigns with Weber between 2007 and 2010, said: 'The first thing I was told about Bruce was that he puts people in really precarious situations'

Terron Wood (pictured) a model who shot several ad campaigns with Weber between 2007 and 2010, said: 'The first thing I was told about Bruce was that he puts people in really precarious situations'

Terron Wood, a model who shot several ad campaigns with Weber between 2007 and 2010, said: 'The first thing I was told about Bruce was that he puts people in really precarious situations.'

Alone with Weber in his hotel room, the photographer began taking pictures where he ask Wood to grab his shirt, which he was to pull up or down, and the same with the shorts until his genitals were on display.

Wood said he felt guilty because he knew he agreed to the impromptu session because 'he was the photographer for Ralph Lauren'. Weber would go on to book Wood for a Ralph Lauren campaign.     

Testino attends the press view for 'Diana, Princess Of Wales By Mario Testino' at Kensington Palace in November 2005 in London, England. The exhibition featured photographic images by Testino from Diana's last portrait sitting, five months before her death in Paris in 1997

Testino attends the press view for 'Diana, Princess Of Wales By Mario Testino' at Kensington Palace in November 2005 in London, England. The exhibition featured photographic images by Testino from Diana's last portrait sitting, five months before her death in Paris in 1997

'Photographing Diana, Princess of Wales for Vanity Fair in 1997 was one of the most memorable days of my career,' Testino (pictured in front of two of his photographs, 2005) said at the time

'Photographing Diana, Princess of Wales for Vanity Fair in 1997 was one of the most memorable days of my career,' Testino (pictured in front of two of his photographs, 2005) said at the time

Model Monty Hooper said Weber told him he had 'to learn to be more vulnerable' at a test shoot at the photographer's TriBeCa studio in 2014. 

He stopped undressing before revealing his genitals at which point, Weber led him through a breathing exercise. 

Hooper said he was told: 'If I'm more vulnerable, I'll go a lot farther in my career modeling.' 

In light of The New York Times' investigation into Testino and Weber, Vogue's Editor-in-Chief and Condé Nast Artistic Director Anna Wintour announced neither photographer will be commissioned 'for the foreseeable future'.

Wintour published an op-ed in Vogue.com in which she announced that Condé Nast would be establishing a new Code of Conduct.

'Alegations have been made against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, stories that have been hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront,' she wrote.

'Both are personal friends of mine who have made extraordinary contributions to Vogue and many other titles at Condé Nast over the years, and both have issued objections or denials to what has emerged. 

The new Code of Conduct includes only hiring models above the age of 18 and alcohol is no longer allowed on Condé Nast sets. 

Photographers will now be required to only use Condé Nast if it's commissioned or approved by the company and 'any shoot involving nudity, sheer clothing, lingerie, swimwear, simulated drug or alcohol use, or sexually suggestive poses' has to be approved by the model. 

VOGUE'S ANNA WINTOUR CUTS PROFESSIONAL TIES WITH PHOTOGRAPHER FRIENDS MARIO TESTINO AND BRUCE WEBER AFTER THEY ARE ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

In light of The New York Times' investigation into Testino and Weber, Vogue's Editor-in-Chief and Condé Nast Artistic Director Anna Wintour announced neither photographer will be commissioned 'for the foreseeable future'.

Wintour published an op-ed in Vogue.com in which she announced that Conde Nast would be establishing a new Code of Conduct.

'Allegations have been made against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, stories that have been hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront,' she wrote.

'Both are personal friends of mine who have made extraordinary contributions to Vogue and many other titles at Condé Nast over the years, and both have issued objections or denials to what has emerged. 

The new Code of Conduct includes:

1) Only hiring models above the age of 18

2) Alcohol is no longer allowed on Condé Nast sets. 

3) Photographers will now be required to only use Condé Nast if it's commissioned or approved by the company 

4) 'Any shoot involving nudity, sheer clothing, lingerie, swimwear, simulated drug or alcohol use, or sexually suggestive poses' has to be approved by the model. 

Vogue's Editor-in-Chief and Condé Nast Artistic Director Anna Wintour (pictured, February 2012) announced neither photographer will be commissioned 'for the foreseeable future'

Vogue's Editor-in-Chief and Condé Nast Artistic Director Anna Wintour (pictured, February 2012) announced neither photographer will be commissioned 'for the foreseeable future'

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