This might be the end for Terry Richardson. The famous photographer has been banned from working with all Condé Nast publications, according to The Telegraph. Magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, and W will no longer feature the work of the man who’s worked with countless models and celebrities including Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus. After years of countless accusations of sexual harassment and sexual abuse, the media company is finally deciding to take a stand.
“I am writing to you on an important matter. Condé Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson,” Condé Nast executive vice president James Woolhouse wrote in an email obtained by The Telegraph. “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.”
Terry has worked with fashion brand, models, and numerous celebrities. But, allegations against him began coming out years ago. In 2014, model Emma Appleton confirmed to BuzzFeed News that tweets she had sent alleging that he asked for sex in exchange for work were true. However, his spokesperson denied that ever happened.
The decision by Condé Nast comes after a piece published in The Times questioned why the fashion world still revers the photographer. “Terry Richardson, known for his sexually explicit pictures, is being called the ‘Harvey Weinstein of fashion’ after a string of allegations by models,” the article read.
This move by a company of this size and prominence could influence other companies to follow suit. However, Terry has always defended his behavior insisting that nothing inappropriate ever took place. “It was never just me and a girl ever,” he told New York Magazine in 2014. “It was always assistants, or other people around, or girls brought friends over to hang out. It was very daytime, no drugs, no alcohol. It was a happening, there was energy, it was fun, it was exciting, making these strong images, and that’s what it was. People collaborating and exploring sexuality and taking pictures.”