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Male Models Say Mario Testino and Bruce Weber Sexually Exploited Them

In accounts going back to the mid-1990s, 13 male assistants and models who have worked with the photographer Mario Testino, a favorite of the English royal family and Vogue, told The Times that he subjected them to sexual advances that in some cases included groping and masturbation.Representatives for both photographers said they were dismayed and surprised by the allegations.“I’m completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny,” Mr. Weber said in a statement from his lawyer.Lavely & Singer, a law firm that represents Mr. Testino, challenged the characters and credibility of people who complained of harassment, and also wrote that it had spoken to several former employees who were “shocked by the allegations” and that those employees “could not confirm any of the claims.”Those who said they were on the receiving end of unwanted attention felt the choice was clear: acquiesce and be rewarded with lucrative ad campaign work, or reject the approach and risk hobbling, or destroying, a career. Many said they still would not speak publicly.PhotoThe photographer Bruce Weber at a fashion event in Milan in 2011.Credit Evan Sung for The New York TimesIn fashion, young men are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Male models are “the least respected and most disposable,” said the former model Trish Goff.“It was general practice to give a model a heads-up about a specific photographer who we knew had a certain reputation,” said Gene Kogan of his time working as an agent at Next Management between 1996 and 2002.But, he said, “If you said you were not going to work with someone like Bruce Weber or Mario Testino, you might as well just pack it in and go work in another industry.”Continue reading the main storyAs in Hollywood, allegations of harassment and assault have been aired periodically over the decades with little lasting effect. From agents to stylists to fashion brands, the system has traditionally seemed more invested in preserving its image of perfection and glamour than in recognizing its bad actors.Regular revelations of abuse of female models — as far back as a “60 Minutes” investigation of modeling agencies in Paris in 1988 — faded away. Agents accused of raping young models in their charge continued to work […]

New York Today: New York Today: What Makes an Ugly Christmas Sweater Beautiful?

Weather.init(); }()); Pull on that sweater, ugly or otherwise. While today is mostly sunny, with a high near 43, blustery winds could make it feel below freezing this morning. Afternoon hot chocolate runs will feel less whipped. The gusts stop around noon. In the News • President Trump’s efforts to decrease the amount of visas given to foreign workers has tech entrepreneurs looking to relocate from New York City to Canada. […]

California Today: California Today: Graduate Students Fear Tax Increase

Supported byU.S.California Today: Graduate Students Fear Tax IncreaseGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)A Navy veteran, expectant father and nuclear engineering graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley would see his taxes increase by $4,247. Another graduate student at Berkeley, a mother of two who is studying jurisprudence and social policy, would see her federal taxes increase by $1,647.These are the some of the numbers that Kathy Shield, a graduate student at Berkeley, has crunched to highlight the repeal of an obscure deduction in the tax bill passed earlier this month by the House of Representatives.PhotoThe University of California at Berkeley campus.Credit Elizabeth D. Herman for The New York TimesMany universities waive tuition for graduate students in exchange for research or teaching duties. The House bill contains a provision that, if included in a final tax bill, would remove a deduction on the waived tuition.Ms. […]

Feature: When ‘Not Guilty’ Is a Life Sentence

It wasn’t until he was inside that any of us realized, from the mounting anxiety in his phone calls, the rules and restrictions that governed the possibility of his getting out. Houston has now been in the hospital for four years. In 2015, I visited him there for the first time. After passing through a prison fence and four locked doors, I sat with him in an all-beige room […]

Suspect: I Killed My Roommates for Disrespecting My Faith

A man who allegedly shot his two roommates in Florida told police he shared his neo-Nazi beliefs with them, before converting to Islam and then murdering them for disrespecting his faith. The victims were identified as Jeremy Himmelman, 22, and Andrew Oneschuk, 18. Suspect Devon Arthurs, 18, told police he “wanted to bring attention to his cause,” according to a police report. Afterward, Arthurs allegedly held a female employee and a male customer hostage at the Green Planet Smoke Shop nearby. “Do me a favor and get the f— on the ground!” he yelled at them, according to the report. Arthurs then allegedly asked the customer, “Why shouldn’t I kill you?” According to the report by police Detective Kenneth Nightlinger, Arthurs said “he was upset due to America bombing his Muslim countries.” Read more at The Daily Beast. […]

The Billionaire Princess – Christina Tetreault

The Billionaire PrincessChristina Tetreault Genre: Contemporary Publish Date: March 26, 2013 Publisher: Christina Tetreault Seller: Jasen Tetreault She was raised as an American Princess Following the betrayal of a former lover, Sara Sherbrooke swore off relationships, too afraid she would be used again.  Instead she has devoted all her energy to succeeding in politics without relying on her family name.  That is until one night in Hawaii with her brother’s best friend Christopher Hall. He is a self-made billionaire Technological genius and CEO of Hall Technology, Christopher Hall first met Sara Sherbrooke when he and Jake Sherbrooke were college roommates.  While attending Jake’s wedding in Hawaii, Christopher is reintroduced to Sara, a beauty who was once way out of his league.  But now as the most eligible bachelor in Silicon Valley, the only thing stopping Christopher from pursuing Sara is the thought of betraying his best friend. As they work together to promote a new education initiative, neither can deny the attraction between them.  But will their growing romance be worth all of the consequences? […]

Captured by Love Books 1-3 (The Unwilling Executive, The Unyielding Bachelor, The Undercover Playboy) – Miranda P. Charles

Captured by Love Books 1-3 (The Unwilling Executive, The Unyielding Bachelor, The Undercover Playboy) Miranda P. Charles Genre: Contemporary Publish Date: March 17, 2017 Publisher: MPC Romance Publishing Seller: MPC Romance Publishing An unwilling executive, an unyielding bachelor and an undercover playboy discover they cannot escape love when it finds them. With dangerous situations pulling them apart, how can they hold on to the women who have captured their hearts? This collection includes books 1 to 3 of the steamy, stirring and suspenseful Captured by Love series. Each book in this series can be enjoyed as a standalone. Book 1: The Unwilling Executive Lucas Renner never expected his biological father to start acknowledging him as a son and only heir. He bet the old man has ulterior motives that has nothing to do with wanting to develop a relationship with him. He refuses to make contact with the man who has rejected him all his life… until his father's message is hand-delivered by a blushing beauty who stirs him in the right places. Jade Tully thanks her lucky stars for her new role as the personal assistant to a wealthy CEO. Heaven knows she needs it. But she doesn't anticipate getting entangled in the personal conflict between her eccentric boss and his extremely hunky son–a man who rattles her poise and melts her heart. If she continues to do her boss's bidding, would she lose Lucas's trust and her chance to capture his heart? Book 2: The Unyielding Bachelor Rick Donnelly is under contract to remain unattached until his fifteen-year-old half-sister turns twenty-one. If he breaks the rules, not only will he have to hand over the management of his sister's substantial inheritance to his reckless stepmother, but he'll also have to transfer twenty percent ownership of his company to the untrustworthy woman. When the tempting Lexie Mead decides to knock down his heart's defenses, he finds himself in danger of breaking the contract's strict conditions–something he simply cannot afford to do. Lexie Mead has long had feelings for the hunky Rick Donnelly. Tired of being treated as just another one of his friends, she sets out to win his heart from prettier and more aggressive women admirers. But Rick has complications to deal with… and enemies who will do anything to see him fail. She doesn't want him to lose the things he's worked hard to keep. But how can they have a future together when she is forced to walk away and Rick can't ask her to stay? Book 3: The Undercover Playboy Detective Carter Garrett is required to play the role of a cash-strapped playboy to solve an important case. When Cassie Stephens starts working in the art gallery owned by a suspect, his growing feelings for her threaten to blow his cover. He mustn't let Cassie in on the secret. It could ruin his team's best chance at catching a group of criminals whose leader could very well be Cassie's new boss. But when Cassie gets embroiled in the case, his heart joins in on the action–a dangerous situation he cannot allow to persist. Cassie Stephens is ecstatic to land a high-paying job with perks anyone would envy. To her further delight, her new boss has business dealings with the charming Carter Garrett, her friend's hunky brother. But being aware of Carter's playboy ways, she orders herself not to dream of a future with him… until her new boss shares a secret about Carter she wasn't at all expecting. With everything seeming too good to be true, how far away are heartbreak and danger? *** Each book in the Captured by Love series can be read as a standalone. For better enjoyment, the author recommends reading the books in order. Book 1: The Unwilling Executive (Lucas Renner and Jade Tully) Book 2: The Unyielding Bachelor (Rick Donnelly and Lexie Mead) Book 3: The Undercover Playboy (Carter Garrett and Cassie Stephens) Book 4: The Unintended Fiancé (Bradley Mead and Erin Baker) Book 5: The Unforgettable Ex (Gavin Redford and Natasha Garrett) Book 6: The Unknown Billionaire (Jarryd Westbourne and Marilyn Grant) Book 7: The Unmasked CEO (Simon Alexander and Geri Blaine) Book 8: The Unexpected Husband – coming soon! […]