Model Opens Up On Reddit About That Time Terry Richardson (Allegedly) Came On Her Face
Horror stories from barely-legal models about working with photographer Terry Richardson are becoming more common. Now, a woman has posted yet another story about the renowned photographer hooking up with one of his young photography subjects, this time pressuring the then-19-year-old into aggressive sex and then allegedly ejaculating on her face.
The user amaheygirlhey described her story on the TwoXChromosomes thread on Reddit, explaining up front that she has heard stories about Terry Richardson’s sexually abusive behavior with other young models and she felt that it was time to share her own experience back when she was 19. While attending art school in New York City, this woman did various nude modeling gigs, but stopped after “modeling” for Richardson, when he sexually took advantage of her. (Trigger warning for story to follow.)
The gist of the story is that amaheygirlhey showed up to Richardson’s studio early on a Saturday evening for a nude modeling session, which was attended by a female assistant. Although the session began normally in comparison to other sessions that she had done with other photographers (she signed a release, etc.), eventually, Richardson whipped his dick out. She explains:
I honestly do not remember if the sexual stuff started by the wall or when he moved me to the couch area but at some point I was being directed to do things like hold the top of his pants while he took more POV style pictures, then eventually unbutton his pants and then his penis was out. Meanwhile it felt like it was all just happening and there was no time to step back and be like “woah this is out of hand”. I dont think anyone who knows me would describe me as a particularly aggressive person (and definitely wasn’t at 19) and the only way I can describe how I felt was nervous and paralyzed. At some point the assistant started taking pictures too with a crappy point and shoot camera. He had me posing on the couch and then I had my back to him and just literally felt him start licking my ass, like every part of it, and the assistant was taking pictures the whole time. Things were now completely pornographic and never once initiated by me. He was now on the couch with me and it became sexual act after sexual act, aggressive kissing, random sexual things being done to me and being directed to do everything you can think of back, everything slow so his assistant could photograph. He even directed me to squeeze his balls as hard as I could so that they pushed back up into his body. I did not even know that was possible (At least I learned something about the male anatomy that night?). I was completely a sex puppet at this point. It ended with him jacking off on to my face and he told me to keep my eyes open really wide and his assistant stood over me and it got in my eye and they both began taking pics of it for a what felt like 10 minutes but was probably only 30 seconds… Finally, they backed off and were still acting like everything was totally fun and normal and upbeat or whatever and I think I was visibly in shock.
After this was through, Richardson allegedly asked amaheygirlhey if she had a boyfriend and when she revealed that she did, “He said oh I always mean to ask that first I’m so sorry.” Richardson’s assistant allegedly then got in a cab with her to ride home “and sort of comforted me I guess? She was giving me weird advice on how everything we did was ok and how I am clearly a strong girl but i wasn’t even asking for advice.” Later that evening, amaheygirlhey went to the hospital in an ambulance for a stomach infection, though, she wrote, “Looking back I am almost 100% sure this was more panic attack induced than the stomach infection alone.”
Amaheygirlhey’s story is consistent, anecdotally, with other stories that I’ve heard about people who experience sexual coercion and/or assault: they are frozen, paralyzed in shock that it is happening. She described her feeling of the experience afterward as “a slap in the face.” (I am not at all surprised that she never did nude modeling again.)
This is just one of the many, many disturbing stories about Terry Richardson’s alleged sexually abusive behavior and/or sexual assault of young models. The Gloss blogger Jamie Peck has a particularly similar story to the one amaheygirlhey describes here: she was 19, he invited her over to his place, he quickly got naked, and then ejaculated on her. Model Rie Rasmussen has also publicly spoken out about Richardson’s “completely degrading” treatment of barely legal models, as has Sara Ziff, founder of The Model Alliance; here are even more models — and, importantly, fashion industry folks — with creepy stories about Richardson.
Terry Richardson has historically taken a rather glib stance when confronted in the past about his alleged sexual abuse of young models during purported “photo shoots.” I won’t hold my breath for anything different this time.
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