The Harvey Weinstein effect has hit the fashion industry

The Harvey Weinstein effect has hit the fashion industry


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Fashion photographer, Bruce Weber is being sued by a male model for sexual misconduct

While the entertainment industry slowly watches its powerful figures fall in the wrath of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, the fashion industry is joining suit. Following the alleged blacklisting of photographer Terry Richardson by Condé Nast publications and Valentino, and model Cameron Russel's #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse social media campaign, The New York Post report that renowned fashion photographer Bruce Weber, is being sued for sexual misconduct.

Male model, Jason Boyce is suing Weber following an explicit incident that occurred at a December 2014 casting session at the photographer's Manhattan studio. In the casting, Boyce was asked by Weber to remove his clothes then forced rub his own genitals. Boyce obeyed because of Weber's influence in the industry and his agent had advised that he needed to "nail" the casting. The suit details that Weber took Boyce's fingers and put them in his mouth, and at one point straddled the young model. At the time, Boyce was 28, Weber 68.

According to the suit, the casting had a longstanding mental impact on Boyce. The New York Post reports that, "Mr. Boyce felt intense dread at the thought of a modelling career in an industry where Mr. Weber was considered by many to be a top photographer and primary champion of male models. He was worried that he would continue to run into Mr. Weber throughout his career. He experienced anxiety, depression, and high levels of stress."

The suit also states that Boyce's former agency, Soul Artist Management, is aware of similar circumstances where Mr. Weber has engaged in sexual misconduct with other males, suggesting that there may be more allegations against the photographer to come. Weber is yet to comment on the suit. 

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