Terry Richardson Speaks Out Against Sexual Harassment Accusations
Famed photographer Terry Richardson, who has long faced allegations of sexual harassment, recently denied that they had any truth.
Terry Richardson On Sexual Harassment Rumors
Richardson, 48, broke his silence on the numerous charges thrown his way in a recent interview with New York magazine.
"I don't have any regrets about the work at all," he told the publication, saying he never coerced models in their shoots. "Obviously I don't ever want someone to feel like that. It was never my intention. But also, people do things, and then they have regrets, and that's also nothing to do with me. Then don't do pictures like that again… I'm okay with myself about everything, and that to me is the most important thing."
Richardson went on to state that he was never alone with models and the atmosphere of his shoots never involved drugs or booze. In his eyes, they were working together to explore sexuality through the camera lens.
"It was never just me and a girl ever. It was always assistants, or other people around, or girls brought friends over to hang out. It was very daytime, no drugs, no alcohol,” Richardson said. “It was a happening, there was energy, it was fun, it was exciting, making these strong images, and that's what it was. People collaborating and exploring sexuality and taking pictures."
In the interview, Richardson also addressed model Emma Appleton’s accusation that he offered her a magazine spread in exchange for sex. According to Richardson, the idea that he’d send her the message, "If I can f–k you I will book you in ny for a shoot for vogue” over Instagram is preposterous.
"So corny. Ridiculous. Who talks like that?” Richard asked, adding, “ When people call me a pedophile and f–king bulls–t, that's a horrible thing to say about someone.”