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^I generally hate to stereotype sex offenders, but looking at Weber's portfolio...it's not exactly surprising. And considering the kind of models that Soul Artist has on their board and that Kanner himself seems to fetishize, there's no doubt that they are complicit in this kind of exploitation.

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I believe him.. But I also believe it didn’t bother him enough then since he did shoot with Bruce. … And 3 years later, he’s filing legal actions— not just sharing his experience, but a bringing up a lawsuit which means monetary settlement. And at a time when any and all allegations of this type are taken at face value from all accusers with absolutely no further investigations, with the brand of frenzy that’s akin to witchburning by the public.

Sounds suspiciously opportunistic on his part, frankly.

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Well, if it did happen the way the model described, then his conduct afterwards (continued to work with Weber, not coming forward etc) is really irrelevant. Let's think about this realistically for a moment. Do we really expect an unknown model to take on one of fashion's biggest players?

Hopefully this is the beginning of the end for Weber, and it couldn't have come at a better time yet! His homoerotica always struck me as perverse in the same way as Terry's porno chic for me. I'm sure others will come forward now as well. So it'll all come down like a pack of cards now! I wonder what Cindy thinks of this after sending her 16yr old son to be shot by him.

What does shock me is the model agency moonlighting as a brothel, my God! And I thought Grayson in Models Inc was pure fictional fluff.

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If those revelations about the agency are true, it paints this relationship in a somewhat new light. The guy is one of the agency's models:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...irlfriend.html

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I believe him.. But I also believe it didn’t bother him enough then since he did shoot with Bruce. … And 3 years later, he’s filing legal actions— not just sharing his experience, but a bringing up a lawsuit which means monetary settlement. And at a time when any and all allegations of this type are taken at face value from all accusers with absolutely no further investigations, with the brand of frenzy that’s akin to witchburning by the public.
You totally expressed what i wanted to say.
While i can totally understand that the general climate is perfect to share a story as today, victims doesn't have to battle for people to believe them, this model decided to quit modelling. So, in a way, he already had "nothing to lose" and could have taken those actions (sue Weber) earlier.
This is not just sharing something that happened to him like a lot of models may have said in the past...This is taking a legal action. So, in a way he was ready to go for him!

While i totally believe the model, i also question his motivations. The people who didn't talk either were complicit, didn't bother having to play the Weber game in order to have a job or simply were afraid to lose a job or even bigger, lose a career. In this case, loosing a career is off the list because he quit, so why only now?

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Bruce Weber is married to a woman? Is he not gay?

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^Lol if you knew how much men married to women are gay or bi

I am not surprised at all about Bruce. For me, he is the Harvey of the fashion industry. He used to be one of my favorite photographers until i know about his behaviour towards models. I am looking forward to see his career end.

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I find it interesting that the credibility of this male model is now being called into question. Would people do the same if he was female? Never! We had women who took hush money from Harvey, some who worked or crossed his path numerous times after their alleged attacks, yet they still got the support and benefit if the doubt. Nobody dared to question what their motivation could be. And some were in precarious positions, washed up careers etc etc.

This is the tide I was referring to in another thread, that people will begin to second guess the victims. It's just a bit disappointing that it must be guys. Sexual violence against men are very, very rarely recorded not only because our psyche is different and the stigma attached to masculinity, but also this form of second guessing.

I suppose this reaction is only natural when you're confronted by a huge influx of victims coming forward, and an icon who's work you admire.


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I have heard so many stories from male models, but things about Bruce always seem more light-handed than things about M.T. --- I think the things that might come out about him will be much worse. I think the industry has a power abuse problem overall, and specifically with male models, who don't have a lot of power in the industry, it's so dangerous.

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I have heard so many stories from male models, but things about Bruce always seem more light-handed than things about M.T. --- I think the things that might come out about him will be much worse. I think the industry has a power abuse problem overall, and specifically with male models, who don't have a lot of power in the industry, it's so dangerous.
Michael Thompson or Mario Testino? I've never heard anything about them, to be honest....

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Not because some of us can toughen up and brave an assault, does it mean that others have to as well. To each their own. There's no standard.

And doubting him just because he's a man and he's 28 years old, and that he stopped modeling for some years now.. is seriously problematic.

And ever thought that maybe the reason why he's only speaking up now is that because of what's happening in the US lately? People are actually starting to listen up and see this as a real problem. People are invested. There's now a platform for them to speak up.


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Michael Thompson or Mario Testino? I've never heard anything about them, to be honest....
Most definitely the latter. Trust me, the stories have been going around for a while.


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Is Terry Richardson the only photographer with these type of allegations? There's gotta be more people out there in the fashion industry who sexually harassed young models.


Certainly not. I've heard awful stories from some of my close friends who are models and from other friends who are assistants to a couple of "big name" photographers. One of the names has already been listed here speculatively.

The other one that no one seems to suspect is even bigger than Terry, in terms of how much work he gets, but the number of male models who have stories to tell... All I'll say is that sooner or later, the towel will come off...
Who do you think this was alluding to?


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Most definitely the latter. Trust me, the stories have been going around for a while.
what stories??

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Why would he make something like this up? Statements like this is perhaps why male models and men in general are afraid of coming out when they've been abused...
An unknown model who suddenly decides to not just speak up, but sue and try to settle for money? Doesn't that seem opportunistic at all? and I'm not just saying it because he's a male model, I understand that sexual assault goes both ways.

We'll see if more people come forward though.

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Jason Boyce is with DT Model Management. He’s still a model.

He didn’t have to take on Bruce. He merely had to speak up and/or refuse to shoot with Bruce in 2014 if he felt so violated. Even now had he spoken up— and I believe him, and not brought forth a lawsuit, that would have more of a powerful impact. The lawsuit only implies monetary gains by his current actions. My reservations about the case has nothing to do with him being a man. I would feel the same towards a plaintiff who is a woman.

Lupita’s revelation on Harvey was an extremely powerful piece; she even admitted that as inappropriate as his behaviour seemed to her, she still invited him to her performance in school— because of who he was clearly, and what his support for her could mean for her career. And she never pursued any legal actions. And that made her accusations that much more powerful, and lethally damning towards that man. This case is taking advantage of the witchburning frenzy of the moment, and purely motivated by monetary gains.

To read the absolute condemnation of Bruce in some of these posts is frighening: Because of Bruces's depiction of men— which some don’t like (which never crossed into degradation nor machismo level), he deserves to be taken out… I shoot men with similar sexually-charged sensibilities, and never have I treated anyone indecently with whom I’m working with: It’s all an illusion. If some here viewed my portfolio, then I must be a perv and abuse men… Of course unlike Bruce, I’m a nobody— but I would never be so unprofessional as to treat anyone in such a demeaning manner. Ever. It’s amazing how some condemn stereotypes with such fervor— but make exceptions when it suits their prejudices.

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