A Vanity Fair sponsored event was canceled Tuesday after a famed fashion photographer was accused of sexually harassing a male model.
A dinner set to honor Bruce Weber, 71, a famed fashion photographer, at the Art Basel in Miami, Fla., — celebrating Weber’s newest tome, the All-American Volume XVII — was canceled due to sexual harassment allegations, reported Pret-a-Reporter. Weber was accused of sexually harassing two male models James Boyce, 31, and Mark Ricketson, 31, during a press conference Tuesday following a lawsuit filed Friday by Attorney Lisa Bloom.
Boyce accused Weber of sexually harassing him during a 2014 photo shoot by allegedly pressuring him to take off his clothes and touch his own genitals.
“He grabbed my arm and moved it back and forth, so I was forced to rub myself. He then took my hand and put it over his genitals,” Boyce said. “Then he put his fingers in my mouth, and said things like, ‘If you just had confidence, you’d really go far. How far do you want to make it? How ambitious are you?'”
Weber also allegedly pressured Ricketson to touch himself during a photo shoot in 2005, leaving him feeling ashamed and embarrassed.
“He then took my hand and told me to ‘find the energy’ by guiding my hand and rubbing it on one of three places — my forehead, chest or my stomach,” said Ricketson adding that, “I had to navigate the remaining space left before having to touch myself.
— V Magazine (@vmagazine) November 19, 2017
Weber has taken many photographs featuring young male models, such as photographs for a 2018 calendar featuring scantily clad men.
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