Terry Richardson Banned From Working For Condé Nast Publications
It’s definitely a new day for the entertainment industry… With new allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein and James Toback continuing to mount, fashion photographer Terry Richardson is out of work as far as Conde Nast is concerned, after a UK newspaper questioned over the weekend why the shutterbug is still being “feted by fashionistas.”
Now the UK Telegraph is reporting that Conde Nast’s executive vice president and chief operating officer sent an email to “country presidents” at the firm Monday ordering any existing projects with Richardson be killed:
Mr. Woolhouse wrote:
“I am writing to you on an important matter. Condé Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson.
“Any shoots that have been commission[ed] or any shoots that have been completed but not yet published, should be killed and substituted with other material.
“Please could you confirm that this policy will be actioned in your market effective immediately. Thank you for your support in this matter.”
According to the Telegraph reports, Mr. Richardson’s contract arrangements had been in dispute for some time with Condé Nast International, which includes Vanity Fair, GQ and Vogue. US Vogue already distanced themselves from Richardson in 2014 when he faced sexual misconduct allegations. At the time they released a statement saying “The last assignment Terry Richardson had for US Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future.”
In the meantime, Richardson has responded to the reports by expressing his disappointment.
In a statement to the Huffington Post Richardson responded:
“Terry is disappointed to hear about this email especially because he has previously addressed these old stories.
“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.”
What do you think of his explanation? Do you agree that Terry Richardson should be blacklisted because of his reputation?