Fashion photographer Terry Richardson has been banned from working with some of the world’s most prestigious magazine titles, The Daily Telegraph reported this morning.
According to an email seen by the paper, Conde Nast International (the media house that publishes the likes of Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ), will no longer work with Richardson. The leaked email revealed that any work already commissioned with Richardson will not be published and instead should be ‘killed or substituted with other material.’
Richardson has shot for top magazines titles, fashion brands such as Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent, and worked with celebrities including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. He famously directed Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball music video in which the singer appeared naked, and later admitted to regretting.
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However, throughout his twenty year career Richardson has been plagued with sexual harassment and assault claims, in particular from models.
This weekend in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, The Times wrote a piece asking why Richardson was still ‘feted by fashionistas’ considering the extent of the widespread allegations. Within the piece Caryn Franklin, a former editor of the fashion magazine i-D, called his behaviour an ‘open secret.’
Within 24 hours of the piece being published, James Woolhouse, Conde Nast’s executive vice president and chief operating office had sent the email banning work with Richardson to staff.