As the sexual harrassment storm around Harvey Weinstein brews and ripples across the space-time continuum, the aftershocks continue to be felt far and wide. 52-year-old superstar photographer Terry Richardson who has shot advertising campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Supreme, Tom Ford, and Yves Saint Laurent among others is being banned by the Condé Nast group altogether as of November 2017. On Monday, an email circulated internally to upper management at the company telling country managers not to use the work of the renowned photographer. The group’s magazine portfolio includes titles including Vanity Fair, GQ and Vogue.
The email, reportedly sent by Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer James Woolhouse, to ‘country presidents’, said: “I am writing to you on an important matter. Condé Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson.
“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. Please, could you confirm that this policy will be actioned in your market effective immediately. Thank you for your support in this matter.”
This news doesn’t come as a surprise at all, Richardson has had sexual misconduct allegations thrown at him for years and in 2014 the issue came to a head when Richardson defended himself against several such claims by models on The Huffington Post, denying any wrongdoing.
The photographer said then, “I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do.” Terry Richardson also directed a controversial music video for Miley Cyrus in which she appeared naked, but later admitted that she regretted the shoot.
For a roundup of Terry Richardson’s most vile alleged moments go here.