This is just the latest in a long history of alleged abuse in the fashion industry.
The first model to accuse Weber, who has been globally revered throughout his career (he received the Isabella Blow Award for his contribution to the industry at last year’s Fashion Awards), was Jason Boyce. Filing a lawsuit to the Manhattan Supreme Court, he detailed his experience of a casting session at the photographer’s studio back in 2014. During a press conference in LA, Boyce and his attorney stood side by side as Ricketson detailed his account.
“The two described ‘casting-couch’ photo shoots with Weber in which the photographer told them to remove their clothes and touch themselves, then took his hand and guided their hands to their genitals or to his own,” USA Today states. Both men described the event’s impact on their mental health, citing depression and anxiety following the encounter.
Another model, Mark Ricketson, on Tuesday detailed new allegations of sexual harassment against Weber at a press conference, standing alongside his lawyer Lisa Bloom and Boyce.
Ricketson said Weber preyed on him during a 2005 shoot at the photographer’s Manhattan studio.
“He told me I ‘looked tense’ and proceeded to press his thumb on my forehead,” Ricketson said. “He then took my hand and told me to ‘find the energy’ by guiding my hand and rubbing it on one of three places: my forehead, chest or my stomach.”