Celebrity Photographer Terry Richardson Accused Of Being A Sex Offender In New Petition

October 22, 2013  |  

There’s a huge scandal brewing involving celebrity photographer Terry Richardson, who is known for capturing iconic images of famed celebs such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Miguel, Pharrell Williams and more. You see, more than a handful of industry women have complained that Terry has been sexually abusive to them. Now, folks are calling on major companies and publications that have regular dealings with Terry to cut ties with him due to the allegations. In a petition titled, “Big Brands: Stop Using Alleged Sex Offender Terry Richardson As Your Photographer,” a woman named Alice Louise calls out companies such as H&M, Tom Ford and Supreme for hiring Terry. An excerpt from the petition reads:

“More awareness needs to be brought to light that Terry Richardson is negatively influencing media  with his supposed exploit & abuse of certain models, mainstream degrading pornographic imagery, and inappropriate and unproffessional behavior. His contribution to society has a bad impact as he is being exposed to the masses with the impression of being well received while there are potentially unethical practices not being shown. Allegations and complaints have been publicised from the likes of Coco Rocha, Jamie Peck  and Danish Supermodel Rie Rasmussen against Richardson.

WHY if we are aware of these allegations are big companies STILL using Terry Richardson as a photographer and still giving him positive press if he is an ALLEDGED sex offender? These allegations need to be looked at more closely and the appropriate justice recieved. They should not be ignored. By continuing to employ him for editorial fashion shoots, or to run advertising campaigns shot by him is to CONDONE his behaviour. Is this a replay of the Jimmy Savile case where we only take action once the offender has deceased? Action needs to be TAKEN NOW. Surely big companies don’t want to associate themselves with the accused? In many of his images, Richardson has an amateur style of photography including girls made to look underage, hurt and exploited. We need to raise awareness and encourage these models to come forward. If these allegations are proven be to true, justice needs to be brought about.”

To date, the petition has acquired nearly 8,000 signatures.

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