Photographer Terry Richardson dropped by Condé Nast amid abuse allegations

Terry Richardson, accused of sexual exploitation, banned from working with top magazines: report
Fashion photographer Terry Richardson banned from working with Vogue and other major magazines

27 October, 2017

On Tuesday, controversial photographer Terry Richardson's career took a major - and many would say long overdue - hit with news that Conde Nast International banned him from their magazines due to countless sexual coercion allegations against him.

A letter, which was obtained by The Telegraph, was sent by Condé Nast COO James Woolhouse to the "country presidents", stating that all unpublished work by Richardson should be "killed or substituted with other material".

A Condé Nast source tells PEOPLE that the email was aimed at global titles in the company, and Vogue U.S. has not worked with Richardson in about eight years. "He is an artist who has been known for his sexually explicit work so many of his professional interactions with subjects were sexual and explicit in nature but all of the subjects of his work participated consensually". "Please could you confirm that this policy will be actioned in your market effective immediately".

"When I said I didn't like it and I found it troubling there was a sense you might be part of a witch hunt". He denied the allegations and described himself as "considerate and respectful" of his photographic subjects.

In 2014, Brit model Emma Appleton tweeted a screenshot of a message she claimed was from Richardson, in which he seemed to imply she'd been given work at Vogue in exchange for sex.

The move is believed to be in response to a Sunday Times story which asked why Richardson was "still feted by fashionistas".

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Adored by many stars, he has also been accused several times by models of sexual assault.

In 2001, Canadian model Liskula Cohen said she walked out of a Vogue photoshoot because she wasn't comfortable with his requests.

A spokesperson for Richardson told BuzzFeed in a statement on Monday that his client was "disappointed" about the Conde Nast email.

Terry Richardson, who last month attended shows at New York's fashion week and was seen arm in arm with Edward Enninful, the new editor of British Vogue, at the Valentino resort collection in May, remains a friend of the designers Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs and the television presenter Martha Stewart.

Despite years of allegations about his behaviour, he has photographed everyone from Barack Obama to Oprah Winfrey and Kate Moss, and has directed music videos such as Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball and Beyoncé's XO.

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