Fashion photographer Bruce Weber has been accused of sexual harassment by male model Jason Boyce.
In a lawsuit filed on Friday in New York, per The New York Post, Boyce alleges that Weber pressured him to take off his clothes and touch his own genitals during a 2014 photo shoot, and later put Boyce’s fingers in his mouth. Boyce obeyed, the suit states, because he had been advised by his agent that he had to “nail this” because of Weber’s influence in the industry. Boyce was 28 at the time, while Weber was 68.
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“Mr. Boyce, who had been photographed numerous times in the past, was subjected to a series of practices by Mr. Weber that were unlike any he had experienced previously,” the suit reportedly states, leaving Boyce “terrified and repulsed.” Weber allegedly asked Boyce “How far do you want to make it? How ambitious are you?” Weber also allegedly forced Boyce to kiss him before he left.
The suit alleges that Weber’s actions led to the end of Boyce’s modeling career. “Mr. Boyce felt intense dread at the thought of a modeling career in an industry where Mr. Weber was considered by many to be a top photographer and primary champion of male models,” the court documents say, according to The Post. “He was worried that he would continue to run into Mr. Weber throughout his career. He experienced anxiety, depression, and high levels of stress.”
Weber did not immediately respond to The Post‘s requests for comment.