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Traumatized Model Takes Terry Richardson Encounter To The Police; Reveals The Depth Of Her Life-Altering Experience

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Get an even more in-depth account of a model's awful encounter with Terry Richardson.

*WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTENT IS EXTREMELY SEXUALLY EXPLICIT.*

Charlotte Waters, the 24-year-old left traumatized after posing nude for alleged sex offender Terry Richardson, is taking her story one step further.

As we previously reported, the courageous model started by posting her story anonymously on Reddit, but since then has decided to go public and make her disturbing tale as known as possible. Her hope is to prevent other models from stumbling into similar situations with Terry.

She recently participated in an in-depth interview about her encounter with Vocativ. In it, she delves into her mentality before, during, and after her experience.

Charlotte was apparently SO overwhelmed after her Richardson shoot that she left New York to move to the opposite coast, and has resided in LA ever since.

Now that Charlotte has gone public, she even turned to the NYPD to see if they could do anything to prevent Terry from raping future victims — but their hands were tied since Waters never specifically said “no” to anything Terry had asked her to do.

Read her full interview …after the jump

So why did you decide to come out about this now?

"A few weeks ago, I started seeing a lot of articles about Richardson andhis behavior that my friends were posting on Facebook. And I was like: “I know exactly what these people are talking about!” But the articles were all very vague and about rumors, so I wanted to say, “Hey, I’ve experienced this first hand. These aren’t just rumors.” But I wasn’t sure I wanted to come out about this very embarrassing thing I did, so I was just sitting on it for a while. And then I realized that what happened to me is something that has happened to other people and will likely continue to happen until his dick falls off, so I have to say something. I did it through Reddit because I could do it anonymously, and that seemed like a safe way to start."

How did you wind up nude modeling for Terry Richardson?

"I was 19 and in art school when I decided that I wanted to start nude modeling on the side for money because I was in college and poor. I first started through Model Mayhem, and then I began working through various connections that I met through that. I was having a great time with it. I’ve always liked provocative art, so I think I was definitely an easy target in this situation because I went into it knowing that I was going to be nude. But I didn’t at all anticipate how far he was going to go.

I had seen some of his photographs online and in magazines and stuff, and I really liked his aesthetic. So one day I came across his website, and saw that you could submit a photo to model for him. I did and got an email back pretty quickly, which said, “Hey we would like to shoot you. Can you come in some time?” So we set up a time, and I went in, and that’s how I ended up there."

What was your experience with these kinds of shoots prior to meeting Richardson?

"There was one amateur photographer that I worked with pretty regularly, and it was always really fun. He never touched me, not even to reposition me or anything. It actually felt really empowering. I also did “Shot By Kern” with Richard Kern. It was part of this ViceTV series, and that was totally cool. I was nude, and Richard Kern is known for provocative photos, but he didn’t even say anything creepy to me. I mean he’d tell me to do stuff like wiggle your ass for the camera, but he was always across the room. The power was balanced. I didn’t feel like he had control over me. And then I also modeled for Ron English, the painter, and that was also totally cool and fun, and I felt good doing it. All of my experiences with other photographers were perfectly professional."

Did you have any concerns going into the shoot?

"No, I didn’t. I honestly expected it to be just like any of the other times I had modeled nude. I put him on the same level as Richard Kern because they both do what could be considered pornographic photography. I didn’t know Terry Richardson’s reputation for being so directly involved in the photos and crossing all these boundaries."

OK, so walk us through it. What happened when you first arrived?

"Around 4 o’clock, I went to his studio. He had his assistant there who was this older woman, probably 40 or 45ish. She had dark hair and a little bit of work done on her face. I think she may have had fake boobs. At first we all sat down at the kitchen table, and she said they were ordering food and asked if I wanted any, and I said no. And then she offered to make me tea. So I was sitting there drinking tea and talking to his assistant, and he was on his computer. After the food came, she had me sign the model release forms, which looked just like any other model release forms. They didn’t say anything about what he was going to do.

The first thing he did was take a photo of me with my ID to prove I was over 18. And then we started shooting, and he reached out and put his hand on my face."

Did that throw up any red flags?

"In the moment I didn’t feel like he was crossing a line. I mean at this point I still had my clothes on. I thought it was a little odd, but I didn’t think it was that crazy. I mean I was an open-minded 19-year-old, so I just thought, OK, whatever. I also had some trust in his aesthetic, so I thought he was just doing his thing. I felt like I should just go with his creative direction."

At what point did he cross the line?

"Well, he put his thumb in my mouth, which I also thought was weird, but I just let it go. And then he backed off and asked me to start undressing. I went in knowing I was going to have to do that, so at this point I’m still totally comfortable. He was having me take stuff off in stages and taking photos all along the way. He and his assistant were both complimenting a lot, which was a little different from what I had experienced before. During the other shoots people would say nice things now and then, but looking back it was obviously Richardson’s effort to make this little 19-year-old girl feel like she is this amazing, special person. So eventually all my clothes were off, and he’s still taking pictures. Then he comes over and asks me to hold the top of his jeans while he takes pictures pointing down. At this moment, things were starting to go in a direction that wasn’t good, but for some reason, I still had a lot of trust in whatever he told me to do, so I just did it. But then he had me unbutton his pants, and he took his penis out, and it was all completely downhill from there."

Why didn’t you just leave?

"I felt like I was already in it to the point that I couldn’t get out, which sounds kind of crazy, but I had the mentality of 19-year-old. Even just talking about it makes me start to feel the way I felt then, which was just completely paralyzed and freaked out."

And then things got worse…

"Right. Well his penis is out, and he starts taking pictures of me holding it. And then we moved over to a couch, and he had me pose on it with my back to him, and I literally felt him come over and start licking my ass. In my head I was like, Oh my God, what’s happening? He was just licking away, and his assistant came over and started taking pictures with this little point-and-shoot camera. After that he got on the couch with me, and it was just a bunch of back and forth between him directing me to do things to him and him doing stuff to me. At one point he even told me to squeeze his balls as hard as I possibly could, and I was like, Oh my God. But I still did it! Why did I do it?!"

What was his demeanor like throughout the shoot?

"I don’t know how to describe his personality. He wasn’t super personal or trying to get to know me or anything. He was just very upbeat and kind of goofy."

Besides squeezing his balls, what other things did he ask you to do to him?

"He told me to perform oral sex on him. He started aggressively kissing me. I don’t even really remember what specific things were happening at that point, but he was directing everything. Like, “OK squeeze my balls,” “OK, put my dick in your mouth,” “OK, now kiss me.” It wasn’t intimate. He also straddled me and started jerking off on my face.

He told me to keep my eyes open super wide. His assistant was standing right there too, and his cum got in my eyes. This was actually his favorite moment. He got so excited. He kept telling me to keep my eyes open, and he grabbed his camera, and his assistant had her little point-and-shoot, and they were just taking all these pictures of it. Then they finally backed off and one of them got me a towel and told me to wipe myself off."

What was going through your head at this point?

"I was just sitting on the couch, and I was very quiet. I was in shock and utter disbelief."

What were they doing?

"I think they could tell that I was in shock. It seemed like they had done this a million times. Terry Richardson was standing across from the couch, and he asked, “So do you have a boyfriend?” This was the first personal question he asked me. I told him yes because I did have a boyfriend at the time, and he was like, “Oh wow, I’m so sorry! I always mean to ask that first.” He was smiling while he was saying this, too, and he looked over to his assistant and said, “Oh damn, I always mean to ask that first.” And then she was like, “Oh, we should have asked that!” It was a complete slap in the face. That’s the only way I can describe how that felt."

Did you just get up and leave at that point?

"I just wanted to get out of there. I don’t really remember much after the shoot, but his assistant wanted to leave with me. We went down and got a cab, and she said she had to go somewhere in the same direction I was going and that she would pay for it. When we got in, she started trying to comfort me. She kept telling me that I was a really strong girl, and that I’m really cool, and that it’s so good that I can handle that sort of thing. Looking back it was obviously her attempt to make me feel like what I did was a good thing and what happened wasn’t bad. I was just sitting there quietly letting her talk to me, and then she got out about halfway on my way to Brooklyn."

How did the experience affect you?

"That night I went home and told my roommate about it. I was completely shaken by it, but I was definitely taking responsibility for what happened. I blamed myself. I kept thinking, Uh, why did I get myself into that situation? And I also had a stomach infection that had been going on for a few days, so I felt pretty sick and kind of weak. Later that night I started dry heaving, and then I really started falling apart. I started freaking out and called my mom and my older sister. At the time I just thought it was just because I had been sick, but looking back, I realized that I was having a full-blown panic attack. I was sitting on the bathroom floor feeling like I was losing control of my body. My arms went numb, and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. So then my roommate called an ambulance, and I ended up in the emergency room, and my mom drove down from upstate to take me back home."

Did you ever hear from Richardson after that?

"A week or two afterward I got missed call and voicemail, and it was from the assistant. She said something like “Hey, I hope you’re well. Terry really wants you to grow out your pubic hair, and we wanted to know if you can come on a trip with us up to this cabin. Three other girls your age will be there, and it will be a fun. We’ll take lots of pictures.” I did not call back. And after that voicemail, I just tried to block everything out."

Did this experience with Richardson have a long-term impact on you?

"Well, I stopped nude modeling and left New York. And then I ended up moving out to L.A. It’s actually crazy to realize, at this point, how much that experience affected the path that my life took from then forward. In some ways it was good. I am happy where I am now. But then I felt guilty. I felt like an idiot. I chalked it up to all of the stupid choices I had made, and I decided to leave that part of my life in the past."

Did you ever tell your boyfriend about what happened?

"I told him the next day when I was back home in upstate New York. I was really upset because I was feeling kind of guilty. I had never cheated on him. It was weird because it was like I was telling him that I kind of cheated on him, but it wasn’t my doing. I told him pretty much everything. All the details. His response was, “I want to find that guy and kill him.” Fortunately, we didn’t break up or anything."

Did you ever tell your parents?

"I did. I called my mom a couple of days ago when I decided that I wanted to come out with the story publicly. I had told her that Richardson was really creepy, but I never confessed all the details, so this time I just divulged everything. She was disgusted like any mother would be. She called me the next day, and said, “I want to throw acid in his eyes so he can’t take pictures anymore!” And I was like, “Well, he’d still have his penis, so I’m sure he’d get plenty of action out of that.”"

Did you ever think about reporting the incident or pressing charges?

"No, but when I did start talking about this in the past two weeks, my current boyfriend’s mother told me that she thought I should report it. I was always very hesitant about that because I know nothing can really be done. I never resisted. I never said no. But she convinced me that it would be good for me, for my own sense of empowerment, just to get it out there. So two days ago I did. I called the NYPD, and they connected me with a detective, and I prefaced everything by saying that I was just calling because I wanted the information to be out there so that more people will come forward, and that I don’t want to press charges or anything. Then I told him the story, and all he said was that is wasn’t a crime situation because I never said no. So Richardson’s off the hook. It kind of sucks."

What were you initially hoping to get out of doing a shoot with him? Did he pay you?

"I did not get paid, which makes me feel even more disgusted. I feel dumb and embarrassed about that, but my thought at the time was that he was such a well-known photographer and his photos have been in magazines and he’s shot famous people, so he’s got to be good, and that will only be good for me to say that I had been photographed by someone like him. And I liked his style. I liked provocative art going into it, but there’s such a fine line. I mean, I like John Waters movies, and those are raunchy and provocative, but you never hear stories about him raping his actors."

What ever happened to the photos?

"I’ve never seen them. And I don’t think he’s used them in anything. I’ve had a little bit of anxiety that they would come out because my boyfriend would definitely be upset, but I’m at a point now where I would just own it. I would tell people exactly what happened."

Does it make you angry when you see his work in magazines? He just shot that Lea Michelle cover for V and Kate Moss for the French magazine Lui.

"It is frustrating to see that he gets away with what he does, and is still working and getting paid a ton of money. But if you haven’t experienced him first hand and all the negative things about him are just rumors from unknown, random people, then why wouldn’t you work with him? So I don’t put any blame on the celebrities that have been photographed by him because they have no way of knowing the truth. The one thing that does boggle my mind, though, is his shoot with Obama. I mean, he’s the president. I was a young naïve girl, so I think it’s pretty understandable that I didn’t do my research and know what I was getting into, but you’d think the president would have some sort of team that would tell him that Richardson is a photographer with a very bad reputation, and that it wouldn’t be a good idea. That really confuses me. But until people expose what’s he’s really like, how are his clients going to know?"

If Charlotte's story is accurate and describes what may have happened to countless other models, it makes sense that she felt the need to go public and expose Terry as much as possible.

Perhaps her bravery will inspire more models to come out and fully unmask the sexual predator this man may be.

Sources have reached out to Terry regarding Charlotte's harrowing account, but the famed photographer has yet to respond.

[Image courtesy of Charlotte Waters via Vocative & WENN.]

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26 comments to “Traumatized Model Takes Terry Richardson Encounter To The Police; Reveals The Depth Of Her Life-Altering Experience”

  1. Fitzzz says – reply to this


    1

    You are aiding and abetting this ugly skank whore
    19 years old, says she had done lots of nude modeling before
    and she doesn't know how to say NO

    Ugly bitch is looking for some free PR, and of course you give it to her



  2. 2

    But yet tomorrow you will be right back promoting him as usual. You fain this outrage in one post then praise his "artistic" methods. All his photos are starting to look the same, raunchy poses, poses with his flannel shirt and poses with his glasses. Why celebs still flock to him I don”t know. Stop promoting him perez.



  3. 3

    There have been lots of complaints about the way this sicko pressures and manipulates models, yet the magazines still hire him. It's shameful. I can understand why he cannot be prosecuted, but it is horrible that his behaviour is not only condoned, but celebrated.

  4. hunnybunny says – reply to this


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    I can't understand for the life of me why this isn't a crime. Sure she was too shocked to say no which I think most 19 year olds in that situation would. It isn't the usually way of sexually abusing but that should not excuse his behavior. He was in a position of power and he took advantage of it. She should not be shamed because of something this disgusting creature did and Fitzzz you should be ashamed of the words that you wrote. She did not deserve this whatsoever so get your head out of your ass. She had said she had done nude modeling yes, however it was always professional in a respectful environment. She deserves our sympathy and understanding not cruel unwarranted words. I hope if she does read this comments that she knows there are people that are supporting her and that she is very brave for coming out with her story that could help others from being subjected to this creep.



  5. 5

    He has the face of a creep…of a sexually deprived creep. I can't get over the female assistant partaking in this as if this was all normal. She is an animal and should be locked up as well .

  6. DefaultSetting says – reply to this


    6

    This gives you a kind of world those 'at the top' lead. Woody Allen and uncle terry…anybody that associates with them has degenerated their scruples, and how do you think it plays that other nations, sometimes our enemies, sees the filth americans just 'put up with' and a known pornographer takes pictures of the president. They don't have to 'make up stories' about us, just show them out news reels. And we complain about women's rights in the Middle East, when in our country we wear dental floss crammed up our ass, marry our son's sister and our 'elite' bow down and talk 'dirty.'

  7. blueness says – reply to this


    7

    How about instead of outrage in a post, action on this site? How about you commit to not running his photos here or linking his videos (WRECKING BALL for example) and promoting his work? He can only continue to be the way he is because he has the support of the industry.



  8. 8

    "I did not get paid, which makes me feel even more disgusted." ?????
    Still, I am glad she has come forward.

  9. Zip says – reply to this


    9

    Look, this was entirely consensual. She was carried away with the moment…because this guy is famous and powerful in the industry. Look, I am a male, and when I was 16, a female school official tried to go out of her way to seduce me, including pulling a Sharon Stone from the movie "Basic Instinct" with legs spreading wide open–save she was wearing underwear. She opened her legs fully spread, while wearing a short skirt, as she was sitting two feet away from me, and we were alone in her office. I knew exactly what she was doing–she even started to curse like a teenager in order to present herself as a peer of mine, and thus, an understanding voice. About a year later, another older woman was coming onto me when I was drunk at a party. I realized it, and I removed myself from her presence. You have a choice in life, and as a 19 year old, the model in this story knew better. I think instinctively, like many women, she was acting submissively to a male, instead of saying "No!".

  10. Zip says – reply to this


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    This photographer, as any man would be, was charged up sexually by having a nude women in his presence who was willing to do just about anything, or anything, he requested–and this has become an operating practice for him; to take advantage of a situation whenever a women allows him to–during such photo shoots and auditions. Adding to this, he is probably a sex addict, an alcoholic, and on drugs–and perhaps mentally unstable. He has no ethics, but he is no rapist, not in this situation. If someone that you are attracted to is going to let you have sex with them, just by asking, seducing, or baiting them, who would not pursue it???

  11. Zip says – reply to this


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    Amended For Typos: This photographer, as any man would be, was charged up sexually by having a nude woman in his presence, who was willing to do just about anything, or anything, he requested–-and this has become an operating practice for him; to take advantage of a situation whenever a woman allows him to–during such photo shoots and auditions. Adding to this, he is probably a sex addict, an alcoholic, and on drugs–and perhaps mentally unstable. He has no ethics, but he is no rapist, not in this situation. If someone that you are attracted to is going to let you have sex with them, just by asking, seducing, or baiting them, who would not pursue it???

  12. @v@ says – reply to this


    12

    Legal or not, the behavior was unprofessional and is out in the open vis a vis more than this one sordid story. There are others.

  13. Elisa says – reply to this


    13

    He is a pig ! I just don't understand how he can still be respected by the industry with all those stories about him and his comportement… Good on her for talking loud and clear. She can't be the only one so hopefully, the others will follow.

  14. annainparis says – reply to this


    14

    If you are going to work in this industry, the most sensible thing you can do for yourself first and foremost is to know what your boundaries are otherwise you-ll be jilted around like a muppet.



  15. 15

    doing nude photography shouldnt lower your rights as a human being.
    she reveres his work, and expects him to be a professional, seeing his acclaimed work.
    manipulation is a BITCH of a thing. he initially tethered the fine line, its already a sensitive job, so for her to jump the gun and yell WOLF before he manipulated her could potentially mess up her gig. he had the power and messed with her..and yes being shocked that someone is taking advantage of you, can compel you into silence. especially if its a work like that. men pull that shit all the time. they slowly come on to you, and u sit there wondering if you should say something but nothing has happened yest so you can and by the time he crosses the line, you are so far down the rabbit hole you dont know how to regain control or bearing on the situation.its like they make you feel guilty for calling them out on their bullshit



  16. 16

    Fitzzz your obviously a sexist peice of trash. This shit is absolutely horrible. The girl thought she was there to work, there for a photoshoot. According to manyy.. this guy does this all of the time and obviously nobody cares because everybody keeps working with him. Hes a peice of shit. Arrogant and Perverted. Why hasn't anybody sued this guy yet, for sexual harassment? I mean, if I was working.. and then all of asudden I turn around and the photographer has his dick in my face, I would fucking sue!! BUT… if I was 19 years old, I'd probaly be too intimidated to stand up for myself. Especially if I was bymyself, with Terry and the mananger woman. That manager woman has to be some sicko as well. She is a partner in crime to all of his perversion.



  17. 17

    Stop with the Victim Blaming Bullshit

  18. Jess says – reply to this


    18

    He's such a piece of shit.

  19. B says – reply to this


    19

    *rolls eyes*

    So she'd feel less disgusted getting paid for her consensual sex acts with him? It' ok to regret things and people you did in the past but you really have to stop crying rape because of it. You were an adult. I knew at much younger than 19 how to say no.



  20. 20

    I hope the word about him continues to travel far.

  21. Dina says – reply to this


    21

    the whole fact that she DID NOT SAY "NO" makes me wonder, come on, any sane person who sees that coming would say no,, get up and friggin leaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaave!!

  22. styler says – reply to this


    22

    Honestly she sounds like a media savy stalker….with public sex issues…..

  23. OUCH says – reply to this


    23

    She comes across as a publicity seeking loser who is mad that Terry did not make her famous. Who doesn't know that Terry Richardson uses explicit and disturbing sexual images in his work.That's his trademark.
    If she had sex with him and now wishes she hadn't done so that's her problem. She was over 18 and a legal adult.

  24. SMH says – reply to this


    24

    One look at her face and you know she's been around the block. Stop saying anything about how T.R. looks.

  25. Special Effects says – reply to this


    25

    Bravo to her for speaking out.
    He has frontal-lobe neurological brain damage. In other words, he's STUPID and so is his "assistant".
    Behind every good man is a good woman.
    Behind every pedophile is a narcissistic or anti-social personality disordered woman. In other words, someone who has frontal-neurological brain damage. They have no feelings other than through sex. That's why they do what they do. They have no conscience. They do not care about anyone but themselves and their dick or vagina. They only have feelings through sex and nothing else. They fake feelings to fit into society and or to manipulate people. But they really have no feelings.
    Their father is satan.
    Satan seeks, kills and destroys. And that's what they do.
    Obama has multiple personalities.
    He (Obama) was abused when growing up because of MK Ultra.
    LOOK IT UP: MK Ultra.
    That's why this guy gets away things.
    Those are the ties he has: MK Ultra.
    Everybody at the top is either a pedophile, gay or both. Nothing commendable about people at the top. They're all pieces of garbage.

  26. Special Effects says – reply to this


    26

    It is not right what happened to you.
    I'm glad you're somewhat okay as far as you're still alive and people recognize him for what he is: your mother and your boyfriend-and they support you.
    But even if you had good experiences posing nude for people, you and anyone else are not supposed to pose nude for people. It's wrong. Do not do it. It's stupid.
    Only your significant other and God are supposed to see you naked. You're not supposed to show yourself to other people. It doesn't matter if you had good experiences before. You got lucky. And now, because of what happened to you, you probably won't want to do that again, will you?
    Even when something does make you feel good, it doesn't mean it's okay.
    You need God in your life so that you can acquire discernment and understand the difference between right and wrong and pick up things from people and stay the hell away from them and not be asked to do really weird, disgusting, traumatic things.
    But yeah. This guy is a pedophile and a Satanist.