Fashion photographer Terry Richardson faces another accusation of sexual harassment from a model, though his rep said this claim, like past allegations, is false.
On Sunday, British model Emma Appleton shared a supposed message from the photographer, who said he would get her on the pages of America’s fashion bible, Vogue, in exchange for sex.
"If i can f*** you i will book you in ny for a.shoot for Vogue," Richardson's message said, according to Appleton.
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Appleton reportedly declined the offer, saying: "No, I'm not your girl, bye ha,” Complex reported.
Later, Appleton, who is from Witney, Oxfordshire, deleted her Twitter account and removed the screenshot from her Instagram account.
Buzzfeed reported she tweeted: "Beginning to wish I hadn't posted that... it doesn't matter who you are or what the industry is, just be a decent human being. The fact people think this is acceptable blows my f***ing mind. See ya."
In a statement from his PR rep, Candice Marks, Richardson vehemently denied the claims from Appleton. "This is obviously fake,” the statement said. “Terry did not send this text."
Appleton told Buzzfeed the message is “authentic” and said she deleted the post only because she doesn’t want “abuse or attention.”
“Let me clear something up –- I don’t want this attention, I have no desire to become known in the slightest,” Appleton wrote in an Instagram post. “If the account is fake then it needs to be removed, if it’s real then he’s a hideous human. I regret posting it because of what it’s caused but at the same time (if it’s real) then it shouldn’t be covered up, there are too many young, vulnerable girls that this industry can exploit. Thank you for the kind messages and that’s the end of it.”
Appleton, who is represented by D1 models and is listed among "D1's to Watch," is a 5-foot-11 brunette. Her age is not listed on D1, but Model-Fair.com wrote she has been modeling for "five years consecutively" in London.
Vogue would not comment on the situation to Buzzfeed.
This is not the first time Richardson has been the subject of sexual harassment charges from models. A former model named Charlotte Waters said Richardson had groped her, exposed himself and requested oral sex during a photo shoot. Her claims were aired in a Reddit post, initially anonymous. Models Jamie Peck, Liskula Cohen and Rie Rasmussen told similar tales of sexual harassment involving Richardson. Others have also come forward, which Jezebel documented here.
In March, Richardson acknowledged the claims for the first time ever, calling the accusations “an emotionally charged witch hunt.” He has never been officially charged with sexual harassment nor convicted of any crime, despite some lawsuits filed against him.
In an open letter, “Correcting the Rumors,” on Huffington Post, Richardson says he “chose to primarily ignore a cycle of Internet gossip and false accusations” because a response would be “a betrayal of my work and my character.”
"When these allegations resurfaced over the past few months, they seemed especially vicious and distorted, becoming nothing more than an emotionally charged witch hunt,” he wrote. "People have become comfortable concocting hate-filled and libelous tales. In writing this, I make a humble attempt at correcting these rumors."
Richardson is known for his work shooting, among many others, President Barack Obama, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Miranda Kerr. Kerr posed naked for Harper's Bazaar. He also made headlines in October when he shot Miley Cyrus in what the media dubbed a “soft-porn” shoot.