More And More Brands Announce They Won't Work With Terry Richardson

Brands have begun speaking out after Condé Nast renounced the photographer.

It looks like the beginning of the end for Terry Richardson.

Big designer brands are cutting ties with the fashion photographer who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by multiple women over the years. Brands began publicly dropping Richardson shortly after Condé Nast International, which includes publications like Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair, notified its executives that it would no longer work with the fashion photographer.

Bulgari and Valentino, two brands that hired Richardson for campaigns this year, said in statements confirmed by HuffPost on Tuesday that they were not going to hire him in the future.

“The last campaign with photographer Terry Richardson was shot in July 2017 – there are no plans for a future campaign and of course [we] take these allegations seriously,” a spokesperson for Valentino told The Guardian.

Bulgari recently worked with Richardson for a campaign with model Bella Hadid, but told The Daily Beast, “The campaign that was done with Terry Richardson was a one off, and there are no plans of working with him again.”

Diesel announced in a statement on Wednesday that it was also ending its relationship with Richardson.

“I can confirm to you that we are not collaborating with Terry Richardson for the Diesel campaign, and also that we don’t have plans to work with him,” a spokesperson told The Daily Beast.

Terry Richardson attends a screening of the film "Killing Them Softly" in New York on Nov. 26, 2012.
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Terry Richardson attends a screening of the film "Killing Them Softly" in New York on Nov. 26, 2012.

Condé Nast’s executive vice president and COO, James Woolhouse, said in an email on Monday night ― which was first reported by The Telegraph and later confirmed by HuffPost ― that “Any shoots that have been commission[ed] or any shoots that have been completed but not yet published, should be killed and substituted with other material.”

Richardson responded to the Condé Nast news on Tuesday, but has not made an official statement about the brands that now refuse to work with him.

“Terry is disappointed to hear about this email especially because he has previously addressed these old stories,” a representative for Richardson told HuffPost on Tuesday. “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.”

For years, Richardson has been accused of sexual harassment and assault for allegedly stripping naked in front of models, asking them to touch his genitals and make tea out of their tampons, offering Vogue shoots for sex and putting his penis into model’s mouths. Richardson has denied the accusations.

While models like Coca Rocha and outlets like Vogue said they wouldn’t work with Richardson after the initial allegations years ago, he’s continued to find work and land major gigs. He shot Kate Hudson for Harper’s Bazaar, photographed Kylie Jenner for her 2017 calendar and recently shot Emilia Clarke for the August 2017 cover of Vogue China.

As more women come forward with allegations of sexual assault and harassment against film producer Harvey Weinstein and other prominent figures, such as celebrity chef John Besh, Richardson’s day as a fashion photographer may be numbered.

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