Another sad day for artistic excellence in fashion photography. Cool guy Terry Richardson just can’t catch a break in this witch hunt.
A NYC-based writer and stylist anonymously wrote to Jezebel about how she was allegedly photographed and sexually assaulted by Richardson after the July 2008 launch of Delicatessen. (Terry was the obvious man to shoot the event because the restaurant had a super cool “model room,” and he probably loves bologna.) She alleges that his assistant Leslie Lessin, previously identified as Richardson’s co-conspirator, asked if she’d be up for an improvised shoot at Terry’s home and studio on Bowery conveniently a few blocks away.
She says, “He asked if I’d reveal my “tits.” I’m not against nudity by any means and have had plenty of photographer friends shoot me in various states of undress so again, the answer was, “Sure. Why not!” Boobs out, no big deal.” Then she wrote that he kneeled down next to her (because he likes to level with his subjects,) and on what happened next she said this:
“He had me kind of crouch down on the floor as I moved around, posing. Then, suddenly, I felt a dick 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.”
According to her account, he pushed himself against her lips, she left, and then later got a call from Lessin asking if she’d show up at his apartment, make out with him, and run away for the laughs it would bring. She said no. We don’t know if the position for this hilarious prank has been open year after year, but we do know that this guy is breaking the law.
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