Mario Testino, Bruce Weber fired amid molestation claims

Gigi Hadid and boyfriend Zayn Malik shot by Mario Testino for US Vogue

Weber, 71, was accused by 15 current and former models of subjecting them to unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behaviour.

Testino is a Vogue favorite and has photographed prominent members of the British royal family, including Princess Diana.

"He shuts the door and locks it".

Mr Testino's lawyers challenged the credibility of the accusers, telling the Times they had spoken to several former employees who were "shocked by the allegations".

Models have accused Testino of groping them during photo shoots and masturbating in front of them. Tillman said he quit his job a few days later.

In a statement from his attorney, Weber said: "I'm completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny".

Model Josh Ardolf said that during a nude shoot his genitals were grabbed by Weber, and model Bobby Roache said the photographer tried to put his hands down his pants during a casting in 2007.

The men said, during the private sessions, Weber asked them to undress and led them through breathing and "energy" exercises.

Model Robyn Sinclair said that while he never had sex with Weber, he suffered "a lot of touching. A lot of molestation".

Another model described Testino as "a mentor who took it a step too far" after alleging he put his hands down his pants and turned up at his hotel room asking for sex.

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Alone with Weber in his hotel room, the photographer began taking pictures where he ask Wood to grab his shirt, which he was to pull up or down, and the same with the shorts until his genitals were on display.

Bruce Weber has shot campaigns for names like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Model Monty Hooper said Weber told him he had "to learn to be more vulnerable" at a test shoot at the photographer's TriBeCa studio in 2014.

"Like my agency said, he has a lot of power".

Wintour responded quickly with a statement on Vogue.com that described Testino and Weber as "personal friends", while insisting, "I take the allegations very seriously".

Anna Wintour announced yesterday on the 13th of January she would be putting her working relationship with Mario Testino and Bruce Webber on pause until the sexual misconduct controversy had been resolved.

Conde Nast recently distanced itself from Terry Richardson following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, despite claims about the photographer mistreating models having been aired years previously.

Additionally, the use of recreational drugs or alcohol will not be permitted on set ever and sexually suggestive poses "must be approved" in advance.

"Both photographers, who deny the claims, have been banned by Condé Nast, publishers of the world's leading fashion magazines, including Vogue", according to The Sunday Times.

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