Hey kids, how about a Terry Richardson profile? You're in luck! And in this version of the Terry Story, he's a lovable, propriety-challenging scamp. In actuality, however, Richardson is a serial sexual predator who uses his position of power to coerce young models into performing sex acts with/on him. And this is a problem that reaches far beyond the walls of Terry's studio.
This past weekend, the New York Times published a softball profile of the photographer (title: "The Naughty Knave of Fashion's Court"), written by Laura Holson, most notable in its cavalier treatment of a serious subject matter: allegations of sexual misconduct. How serious? My specific complaint is that he got naked and persuaded me to give him a handjob (or "perform a sex act," in Times euphemism-speak) while several adult employees of his egged me on, took photos, handed me a cum rag and then saw me out. I also told Holson that he groped my breast without asking.