The latest development in the alleged sexual abuse cases against famed photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino has seen three male models interviewed on chat show "The View," during which details of their encounters were discussed.
Josh Ardolf, Bobby Roache, and Jason Fedele appeared on the show to discuss the state of the current fashion photography industry, as well as talk in greater depth about the abuse they had experienced at the hands of the renowned photographers, who were outed less than a couple weeks ago.
Ardolf and Roache detail how, when much younger and at a shoot with Weber, were led into conducting “breathing exercises” which soon descended into being touched inappropriately. See their account of the incidents in the video above.
One of the hosts read Weber’s statement regarding the allegations, which left Ardolf visibly angered. Weber’s statement to the New York Times reads:
I’m completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny […]
I have used common breathing exercises and professionally photographed thousands of nude models over my career, but never touched anyone inappropriately. Given my life’s work, these twisted and untrue allegations are truly disheartening. I’ve been taking pictures for over 40 years and have the utmost respect for everyone I’ve ever photographed. I would never, ever, try to hurt anyone or prevent someone from succeeding — it’s just not in my character.
The news comes on the back of both photographers being blacklisted by some of the industry’s top publications and printing houses. Testino’s Instagram page has remained quiet since January 12, while Weber continues to post.