In the wake of the New York Times' explosive expose on Harvey Weinstein, more and more women and men have stepped forward to attest to the disgraced Hollywood producer's acts of sexual misconduct. Of course, sexual harassment is not relegated to the film industry. And in the wake of the accusations against Weinstein, other industries have taken a stand against institutionalized misconduct.
Within the fashion industry, photographer Terry Richardson has been the subject of several disturbing allegations of sexual harassment. The allegations have gone on for years — check out this New York Post piece from 2013. But just this week, one major media group apparently decided to draw line.
The Daily Telegraph obtained an internal email from Condé Nast International, which helms publications such as Vogue, Glamour, and GQ. James Woodhouse, the media group's executive vice president and C.E.O., allegedly wrote in the staff memo, which was sent out on Monday:
"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.”
The Daily Telegraph speculated that the stance was prompted by a recent piece that appeared in The Sunday Times over the weekend.
The piece questioned why the fashion industry still celebrated a man "who has been the subject of widespread allegations of sexually abusing models over many years." The story even referred to Richardson as: "The Harvey Weinstein of fashion."
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