A British stylist has told how disgraced photographer Terry Richardson exposed himself to her in a busy restaurant – but other high-profile fashionistas failed to call him out on it.
Tamara Cincik claims the 52-year-old pulled out his penis and put it on the table of a Paris eatery, where scores of designers, photographers and magazine editors were celebrating one of his exhibitions opening, in 1999.
Richardson has been banned from working with several major fashion magazines amid resurfacing sexual harassment claims.
Tamara Cincik (left) claims Terry Richardson (right) pulled out his penis and put it on the table of a Paris eateri
Richardson (shown left with Eniko Mihalik) has been the subject of widespread allegations of sexually abusing models over his lengthy career
Her story is likely to further deepen suspicions that the fashion industry has turned a blind eye to lurid behaviour, with Elite Model Agency bigwigs such as Gerald Marie and the late John Casablancas, as well as American Apparel boss Dov Charney, all the subject of allegations.
Ms Cincik told the Times: ‘He put his d**k on the table at a very chic dinner after his gallery opening.
‘The table was full of editors, his agency of the time, friends and associates. He made it extremely clear that he wanted to have sex with me and told me so in a very clear and aggressive manner.’
The pair crossed paths again in the same city a couple of years later, but Ms Cincik did her best to ‘deflate’ the situation.
Paris Hilton (left), Nicky Hilton (centre) and photographer Terry Richardson (right) are pictured at an event together in 2014
The 52-year-old directed the sexually-charged music video to Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
She added: ‘He said: “I think I know you.” I replied that he had exposed himself to me at a dinner and that clearly this was some kind of party trick. That was a way of deflating the situation, as actually his language was not party-like, it was aggressive. He apologised.’
Richardson has been the subject of widespread allegations of sexually abusing models over his lengthy career – accusations he has constantly denied.
But this week he admitted he acted in a ‘sexually explicit manner’ during some photo shoots with young models.
Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair are among those who were told to ‘kill’ any scheduled shoots with the snapper by parent group Condé Nast International.
The New Yorker is known for incorporating explicit themes into his shoots, and directed the sexually-charged music video to Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus – which she later said she regrets.
On Friday, Richardson (shown left with supermodel Kate Moss in 2011) addressed allegations directed at him in recent days in a blog published on Huffington Post
Figures from within the modelling industry, including former i-D editor Caryn Franklin, said Richardson’s behaviour has become an ‘open secret’. He is pictured on September 8 with his partner Alex Bolotow (right) and Carine Restoin-Roitfeld, former editor and chief of Vogue Paris (left)
A spokesman for Richardson said: ‘He is an artist who has been known for his sexually explicit work, so many of his professional interactions with subjects were sexual and explicit in nature, but all of the subjects of his work participated consensually.’
Richardson, who has worked with some of the biggest names in the music and fashion industry, including Beyonce and Lady Gaga, but also Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, often appeared in his own work.
Allegations of sexual misconduct against him have resurfaced in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. However, there have been no new claims made against him.
Weinstein brought sexual harassment in the work place back to the forefront after the New York Times published an investigation into sexual assault claims against him.
On Friday, Richardson addressed allegations directed at him in recent days in a blog published on Huffington Post.
He wrote: ‘I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work, and as is typical with any project, everyone signed releases.
‘I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do.
‘I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly, and as such, it has been difficult to see myself as a target of revisionist history.’
TERRY RICHARDSON’S 23-YEAR PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER
Terry Richardson is an American fashion and portrait photographer who has shot major ads for Marc Jacobs, Aldo, Tom Ford, and Yves Sait Laurent, among others
Terry Richardson is an American fashion and portrait photographer who has shot major ads for Marc Jacobs, Aldo, Tom Ford, and Yves Saint Laurent, among others.
The 52-year-old has also done shoots for magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Vice, among others.
His career began in 1992 when he moved to the East Village of Manhattan.
Two years later he published his first fashion photos in Vibe magazine – which is widely considered to be his break into the industry.
The spread was shown at Paris’s International Festival de la Mode later that year.
In 1995 he did a shoot for designer Katherine Hamnett’s spring collection, which was characterized by images of young women in short skirts with pubic hair showing.
After that campaign he moved to London, where he worked for European magazines such as The Face, Arena and i-D.
In 2012 Richardson did his first solo exhibit in Los Angeles which he called TERRYWOOD.
Richardson’s work has been characterized as hyper-sexual and is known for posing with his subjects. In many of his shoots he puts high-profile celebrities or models in mundane situations, and photographs them using very basic methods.
Many of the pieces he featured in TERRYWORLD had full-frontal nudity and both simulated and real sex acts.
When he has posed with his subjects he often gives them his signature glasses to wear – and has even put models in makeup and costume so they will look like him.
Richardson’s work has been characterized as hyper-sexual and is known for posing with his subjects. He is pictured here with his partner Alex Bolotow
Richardson has been accused multiple times of using his influence as a photographer to sexually assault models during photo shoots.
On more than one occasion models, such as Rie Rasmussen, Jamie Peck and Charlotte Waters, accused him of inappropriate sexual behaviours and exploiting young female models. He has also been accused of using his position to engage in sexual acts with the models.
Though Richardson insists the allegations are false and says he is ‘considerate and respectful’ of his subjects, Conde Nast International has now said that they will not use his work.