This news broke last night, but I didn’t want to ruin a nice Sunday with the latest on this vile, repugnant pig (yeah, I said it), who makes a living taking advantage of young women. That’s the nicest way to put it, of course, since by many accounts Terry Richardson has used his inexplicably secure position in the lap of the high fashion photography world to rape, sexually assault and manipulate girls he’s photographed. But since magazines keep commissioning his work, Richardson continues to get away with it—at least he has been until recently. But by gum, I think the tide is finally changing. Women are coming forward with detailed accounts of what’s really been happening on their photo shoots, and yesterday, model Emma Appleton posted a screengrab on her Twitter account of a pretty explicit text message Richardson (allegedly) sent her:
Unfortunately, instead of receiving support, Appleton’s twitter feed was filled with questions about her response, and “abuse.” After a final statement: “The fact people think this acceptable blows my f*****g mind. See ya,” Appleton deleted her account.
A spokesperson for Richardson responded to the model’s allegations, saying “This is obviously a fake. Terry did not send this text.” (Appleton reconfirmed to Buzzfeed that Richardson’s message was authentic and came from his Facebook account.)
For the life of me, I cannot understand how after repeated accusations of sexual assault, Richardson continues to be hired, that anyone would want or allow him/herself to be photographed by the man, and that there is not any sort of ongoing investigation into his activities. Between the backdoor acceptance of this kind of bullshit, as well as the kind going on with people like Bryan Singer (and others), Hollywood is basically its own church scandal. And I don’t know about you, but I am damned sick and tired of scumballs who force themselves on other people. When a fellow model has to warn her peers who might have to work with Richardson, “Bring a body guard, keep your clothes on, and if he exposes himself call the police,” the problem is way too big to hide.
On the plus side, Vogue has announced it will no longer work with Richardson in the wake of these allegations.