Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair drop photographer Terry Richardson after misconduct claims

Fashion insiders say something's fishy about Condé Nast's apparently out-of-the-blue decision to "blacklist" Terry Richardson on Monday - years after he was accused of sexual harassment during photo shoots (which he's denied).

In a leaked memo obtained by the Telegraph, an executive with the overseas media group - which publishes global editions of Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair, among others - told key staff that Richardson shoots already commissioned or those that have been completed but not published "should be killed and substituted with other material".

An email sent around the media group, which publishes titles such as Vogue, GQ and Glamour, instructed staff that any work commissioned from Richardson should not run or be replaced.

On Tuesday, a Valentino spokesperson issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "Valentino's last campaign with photographer Terry Richardson was shot in July 2017 - there are no plans on a future campaign and of course take these allegations against Terry Richardson seriously". "Terry is an artist who is known for his sexually explicit work and all of the subjects of his work participated consensually". "Conde Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson".

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"Thank you for your support in this matter". It goes on to catalogue the years of claims and allegations against Richardson from models and fashion industry insiders. The story even referred to Richardson as: "The Harvey Weinstein of fashion".

But she suggested there had been a failure to protect more vulnerable, inexperienced models from Richardson and others like him.

Model Christy Turlington previously told USA industry magazine WWD that harassment of photographic models is tolerated in fashion.

"I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work, and as is typical with any project, everyone signed release". Conde Nast International did not immediately return request for comment.


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