Fashion photographer accused of sexual harassment

NEW YORK • The Boston Globe has published a bombshell expose accusing more than two dozen professionals in the fashion industry, among them legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier, of sexual misconduct.

The paper's Spotlight team, which in 2002 unveiled widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Boston, said more than 50 models had detailed alleged misconduct they had experienced, from touching to assault.

Collectively, they made credible claims against at least 25 photographers, agents, stylists, casting directors and other industry professionals, the Globe reported.

They include Mr Demarchelier, fellow photographer Greg Kadel, who has worked for Victoria's Secret and Vogue, and stylist Karl Templer, who has worked with Coach, Zara and Tommy Hilfiger.

The Globe said all of those accused have denied the allegations.

Nevertheless, glossy magazine empire Conde Nast, whose company includes Vogue, said it has stopped working for now with Mr Demarchelier and Mr Kadel.

The Globe said one of Mr Demarchelier's former assistants complained about relentless sexual demands, to which she eventually submitted, fearing that she would otherwise endanger her position.

Six other women accused the now 74-year-old Frenchman of unwanted advances, the Globe said.

Mr Demarchelier did not immediately respond to an Agence France-Presse request to comment.

He was quoted by the Globe as saying the complaints against him were untrue. "People lie and they tell stories," he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 18, 2018, with the headline 'Fashion photographer accused of sexual harassment'. Print Edition | Subscribe