Terry Richardson is back in the spotlight, and it’s not for a good reason. On the heels of a new scandal involving the embattled photographer, Vogue made clear it has “no plans” to work with Richardson in the future, telling Us Weekly:
It all started when British model Emma Appleton tweeted a screenshot of a message she said was from Richardson. The message implied that the photographer was offering the model an opportunity to be in Vogue in exchange for sex (see the tweet at Buzzfeed). Her tweet of the message went viral soon after she posted it. The model has since deleted her Twitter, while a Richardson spokesperson told Buzzfeed’s Kate Aurthur that the message is a fake.
Appleton later took to her Instagram account to address the situation.
Richardson has been repeatedly under fire for his alleged inappropriate behavior on set. Several models have come forward to discuss their experiences working with him, including Coco Rocha, who said she’s shot with him before but “won’t do it again.”
Despite this, he remains one of the most prominent photographers in the fashion world, successfully shooting a bevy of beauties ranging from Kate Upton to Beyoncé. He shot nearly nude photos of Miley Cyrus that went viral last year. In March, Richardson defended himself against the “cycle of Internet gossip and false accusations” in a column called “Correcting the Rumors,” which appeared on The Huffington Post.
“Sadly, in the on-going quest for controversy-generated page views, sloppy journalism fueled by sensationalized, malicious, and manipulative recountings of this work has given rise to angry Internet crusadesm” he wrote. “Well-intentioned or not, they are based on lies. Believing such rumors at face value does a disservice not only to the spirit of artistic endeavor, but most importantly, to the real victims of exploitation and abuse.”
The letter prompted a flurry of disgusted replies, including a direct response from a model who wrote about her experiences with him in 2010.