Photographer Bruce Weber Is Accused Of Destroying A Male Model’s Career

Model-actor Jason Boyce is suing the man credited with sexing up Calvin Klein's image for casting couch practices

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by Lucy Morris |
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Following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, assault and harassment allegations swept the entertainment industry in unparalleled numbers, but it was the fashion world that had its moment of reckoning this weekend. Acclaimed married photographer Bruce Weber has been accused by male model Jason Boyce of sexual harassment and discrimination based on his gender.

The full complaint claims that Weber, who has shot for *American Vogue, Vanity Fair *and worked with brands like Ralph Lauren, Versace and Louis Vuitton, forced Boyce to touch his genitals. The 19-page document, which was filed to the New York State Supreme Court, recalls an incident that allegedly occurred in December 2014 where Weber grabbed Boyce and kissed him on the lips. It states, ‘Weber put his fingers in Mr Boyce’s mouth. Shocked, Mr Boyce opened his eyes. Mr Weber told him to keep his eyes closed, and kept his fingers in Mr Boyce’s mouth. “If you just had confidence, you’d go really far,” Mr Weber whispered. “How far do you want to make it? How ambitious are you?” Mr Boyce did not respond.’

Photographer Bruce Weber Is Accused Of Destroying A Male Model's Career
Actor RJ Mitte, Model Caleb Lane and photographer Bruce Weber attend the Parke & Ronen mens fashion show

After the episode, the model further claimed that the lensman attempted to get in touch on multiple occasions. And, after reporting this to his then-agent at Soul Artist Management, he moved to California and quit the industry. It has been reported 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.’

Following this, Boyce claims he has suffered: ‘mental anguish and humiliation, as well as adverse employment consequences, including loss of future wages, professional opportunities and other valuable benefits and emoluments of employment’.

Weber is the second celebrated fashion photographer to be called out for sexual misconduct this year. After years of rumours and accusations deviant behaviour, several publishing companies, including Condé Nast International, Hearst and The Wall Street Journal severed ties with Terry Richardson.

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