This morning on his personal website, photographer Terry Richardson released a statement concerning the recent allegations about his behavior during several photo shoots:
March 20, 2010
I just want to take a moment to say I'm really hurt by the recent and false allegations of insensitivity and misconduct. I feel fortunate to work with so many extraordinary people each and every day. I've always been considerate and respectful of the people I photograph and I view what I do as a real collaboration between myself and the people in front of the camera. To everyone who has embraced and supported me and my work, I am so grateful. Thank you, it means a lot.
It's interesting that Richardson would choose to release a statement regarding such a growing and high-profile scandal on a Saturday morning, and as far as Richardson's claims of being "considerate and respectful" with his models go, we've already received reports from models who claim otherwise. It is also interesting, as a Fashionista commenter pointed out yesterday, that Richardson has "REMOVED all the images from his blog of him grabbing models breasts and posing with his thumb up and a grin next to bare asses. obviously there is some heat there."