Citing sexual harassment, Condé Nast has blacklisted fashion photographer Terry Richardson from working with any of its U.S. or international magazines, including Vogue, GQ, or Vanity Fair, multiple company spokespeople have confirmed to Folio:.
Over the weekend, British newspaper The Times published an article entitled “Why is Terry Richardson, who shot Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball video, still feted by fashionistas?” The piece questioned why publications in the industry were still hiring Richardson despite him “gaining a reputation as the Harvey Weinstein of fashion.”
Then, early Monday, The Daily Telegraph obtained an internal memo to Condé Nast International staff in the morning from executive VP James Woolhouse. In the memo, Woolhouse stated: “I am writing to you on an important matter. Condé Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson.”
“Condé Nast has nothing planned with him going forward,” a spokesman in the company’s New York office tells Folio:. “Sexual harassment of any kind is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”
A representative from Condé Nast Britain also confirmed the report.
The email in the international office went on to state that “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.”
Famous in the fashion industry and known for his sexually explicit photography, Richardson has worked for brands such as Rolling Stone, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, and Vice.
In 2014, the photographer was accused of sexual exploitation by numerous models — claims which he denied, according to The Daily Telegraph report. In addition to the fashion industry, he has also worked with many figures in the music industry, including Miley Cyrus. Richardson directed the music video for Cyrus’ song “Wrecking Ball,” in which she appeared naked. Cyrus later expressed regret for the shoot.
The ban of Richardson from these publications comes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which has come to the forefront after pieces from The New Yorker and the New York Times reported that dozens of women had accused the film producer of sexual harassment, assault and rape. Since the initial report was published on October 10, over 60 women have come forward with allegations against Weinstein.