The onslaught continues for Mario Testino, who has officially been ruled out of photographing the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after it was claimed by 13 male models and former assistants that he behaved inappropriately.
Insiders of the fashion industry allege Testino had been the first choice of the couple, who are now striking him from their list after the accusations of sexual exploitation emerged. The 13 claimants state that his actions included groping, masturbation, and attempts to seduce employees, according to the New York Times.
A favorite of the royals, having taken the likes of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement photos as well as the last official portraits of Princess Diana, Testino was earlier this week denounced by fashion giant Conde Nast, who insist they are no longer commissioning him for shoots across their entire catalog of publications.
A fashion source told The Telegraph:
A spokesman for Prince Harry and Markle added that they aren’t currently commenting.
Testino denies all of the allegations. His lawyers state the supposed victims “cannot be considered reliable sources,” and called into question their mental health.
[via The Telegraph]