Despite the fact that he seems to have no problem lining up photo shoots with the biggest male and female celebrities in the world, photographer Terry Richardson has always carried the reputation of being one of the biggest perverts in the game. Every now and then, random aspiring models or anonymous people slam him with accusations that he was a completely unprofessional scumbag during their shoots, and they want models to know what they're getting into with him, despite the fact that we don't ever hear a bad word about him from real celebrities.
Most recently, a former model named Charlotte Waters posted an anonymous retelling of her experience with Terry on Reddit, but removed it before she gave an interview to Vocativ. Among the things that she accused him of doing were running "his tongue up and down her bare ass, demanded she squeeze his balls, and even jacked off into her eye." Next, Vocativ wrote, a successful current model came forward with another story but didn't want to reveal her identity as she offered up her own pervert's tale.
Terry has fired back at these accusers in a letter to Page Six, and he claims that he's the victim of a witch hunt.
"I chose to primarily ignore a cycle of Internet gossip and false accusations against me .?.?. I felt that to dignify them with a response was a betrayal of my work and my character." He adds of the claims, which popped up again last week: "When these allegations resurfaced over the past few months, they seemed especially vicious and distorted .?.?. becoming nothing more than an emotionally-charged witch hunt."
He says, "People have become comfortable concocting hate-filled and libelous tales .?.?. In writing this, I make a humble attempt at correcting these rumors," adding that without his voice, "All that remain are the lies."
Terry also claims that all of his models have always signed releases and he has never had to force anyone to do anything that they wanted to do, presumably like taking a hot rope to the eye, but until the so-called successful models stop hiding behind their cloaks of anonymity, nobody's going to take these accusations seriously, except people who simply think Terry looks like the kind of guy who would demand that a 19-year old girl squeeze his balls. Until then, let's all just assume that the anonymous report is coming from Obama.
Photo Credit: Terry's Diary