Acclaimed photographer Bruce Weber has been slapped with a sexual harassment suit.
On Friday, it was reported that a male model, named Jason Boyce, has accused Weber of harassing him during a photoshoot.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Boyce claims he scheduled a shoot with the photographer for December 14, 2014.
Apparently, on the day of, Jason arrived at Bruce’s NYC studio to discover it was just the two of them. At some point during the shoot, Bruce allegedly told Jason he looked tense and instructed him to sit down.
As the model sat in a chair, the documents claim Weber “pulled up another chair right in front of Mr. Boyce, and put his legs outside of Mr. Boyce’s legs, so that he was practically straddling Mr. Boyce.” Oh, how uncomfortable.
The renowned artist proceeded to rub oil on Jason’s forehead, “making Mr. Boyce extremely uncomfortable.” We bet.
Weber then asked Jason to take off his shirt and, later on, requested the model take off his pants. Per the suit, Weber “took Mr. Boyce’s hands in his and placed them on the waistband of Mr. Boyce’s underwear. Mr. Weber placed his own hands on top of Mr. Boyce’s, and pulled down, pulling down Mr. Boyce’s underwear in the process. Mr. Weber removed Mr. Boyce’s underwear and stepped back.”
According to the claim, Weber proceeded to move “Mr. Boyce’s hand lower and lower down his chest, and then placed Mr. Boyce’s hand over Mr. Boyce’s genitals.”
The claim goes on to state that Bruce essentially made Jason “rub his own genitals.” The document continued:
“Mr. Weber grabbed Mr. Boyce’s arm and moved it back and forth, so that Mr. Boyce was forced to rub his own genitals. Then, Mr. Weber took Mr. Boyce’s hand and placed it on Mr. Weber’s trousers, over Mr. Weber’s genitals. Terrified and repulsed, Mr. Boyce closed his eyes, hoping that Mr. Weber would stop.”
Boyce then shared that Weber asked him about “how far” he wanted to go in his career and “how ambitious” he was. When Jason tried to leave, Bruce instructed him to return and told him to close his eyes. The up-and-comer concluded:
“Mr. Weber grabbed him and kissed him on the lips. Shocked and frightened, Mr. Boyce pulled away. Mr. Weber waved him off, and he left.”
Eek. In addition to suing Bruce, Jason is suing his former agent and former agency for sexual harassment. Understandably, he is seeking unspecified damages.
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[Image via Rob Rich/WENN.]