Esteemed fashion photographer Bruce Weber, best known for his erotic black and white photos, has been accused of sexual harassment and discrimination. The accusations come from model Jason Boyce, who filed a suit against Weber in New York City late last week. Weber’s company, Little Bear Inc., modeling agent Jason Kanner, and Kanner’s company Soul Artist Management were all named in the suit.
Representatives for Weber, Little Bear Inc., Kanner and Soul Artist Management did not offer any statements on the matter.
According to ABC, Boyce was put in sexually compromising positions on a Weber casting couch in December of 2014, with the implication that his refusal to comply could effect his career.
"Terrified and repulsed, Mr. Boyce closed his eyes, hoping Mr. Weber would stop," the lawsuit says, a copy of which was obtained by ABC News. "Mr. Weber put his fingers in Mr. Boyce's mouth. Shocked, Mr. Boyce opened his eyes. Mr. Weber told him to keep his eyes closed, and kept his fingers in Mr. Boyce's mouth. 'If you just had confidence, you'd go really far,' Mr. Weber whispered. 'How far do you want to make it? How ambitious are you?' Mr. Boyce did not respond."
Boyce claims he faced "intense dread" about the prospect of another encounter with Weber.
Following the alleged incident, Boyce left New York and would never model in the city again. He's now looking for an unspecified amount of compensation after facing "humiliation, emotional anguish and lost economic opportunities."
“I’m very proud to represent Jason Boyce in this important case,” Boyce's attorney, Lisa Bloom, said.
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