How shocking! British model Emma Appleton has publicly accused famed celebrity photographer Terry Richardson of bribing her with a ‘Vogue’ photo shoot in exchange for sex.
Model Emma Appleton posted a screen shot of a private Facebook message that she allegedly received from 48-year-old photog Terry Richardson to her Twitter and Instagram accounts on April 20. The message read: “If I can f–k you I will book you in (New York) for a shoot for Vogue.” A rep for Terry has since denied that he sent the message.
Terry Richardson’s Sex Offer — Did He Bribe Model With A ‘Vogue’ Shoot For Sex?
Emma posted the photo of the message alongside the caption: “Um what?”, the New York Daily News reports. After some social media users questioned whether the message was really from Terry, Emma wrote in response, “This industry is f–ked up. I’ve been modelling for 5 years andd I’ve never had this before, it doesn’t make it okay.”
But when the story took off, Emma seemed to get overwhelmed by all the media attention.
“Beginning to wish I hadn’t posted that,” she tweeted. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what the industry is, just be a decent human being… The fact people think this is acceptable blows my f–king mind.”
Emma later deleted her Twitter page entirely and axed the post from her Instagram because she “doesn’t want abuse or attention,” according to BuzzFeed.
A rep for Terry — who has shot some of the hottest women in Hollywood, including Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan — said that the message was not from the photographer.
“This is obviously a fake,” Candice Marks told BuzzFeed. “Terry did not send this text.” But Emma insists to BuzzFeed that the message is legit.
Vogue has also issued a statement to the New York Daily News about the incident, saying: “The last assignment Terry Richardson had for US Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future.”
Terry Richardson: Other Models Have Accused Him Of Inappropriate Behavior
This isn’t the first time a model has accused Terry of inappropriate sexual behavior. Model Jamie Peck claimed in 2010 that Terry once took off all of his clothes and asked her to perform a sex act.
Other ex-models, including Rie Rasmussen, Charlotte Waters and Jenna Sauers, say they have also had inappropriate sexual encounters with Terry. Despite the multiple allegations against Terry, he remains a highly sought-after photographer, with celebs such as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé wanting to work with him.
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— Tierney McAfee