Guess what, everybody? Our favorite photographer is in the news again! After a banner year which saw him doing work for some of the top publications in the fashion industry, both photographing and hand-modeling for a Valentino accessories ad, and directing the well-loved and not at all controversial video for Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” a number of models have come forward with stories that will sound familiar to anybody who has kept an eye on the steady stream of sexual abuse allegations leveled at America’s favorite photographer over the last several years. (Warning: If you click that link be advised that it not only describes some very vom-worthy stuff, but also includes links to articles with nude photos of the man himself that you can never un-see, no matter how hard you try)
In response to these stories, many people have bravely jumped to Richardson’s defense, using the time-honored “innocent until proven guilty” argument, and even pointing out that the models he lured to his studio and coerced into performing sex acts on him during what was supposed to be a professional photo shoot never said no, so it doesn’t count as rape.
So, ladies, always remember that if a dude whips out his peen in the workplace and asks you to do stuff to it, it’s completely acceptable as long as he doesn’t hold you down and stick it anywhere!