Male models accuse photographers Weber, Testino of sexual misconduct

Three male models joined "The View" to discuss the sexual misconduct allegations they made against two photographers in a New York Times article.
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The modeling industry has a major me too movement emerging right now. After a bombshell expose in "The New York Times" claims two of the most powerful high-fashion photographers in the business -- Bruce weber and Mario testino -- are guilty of years of sex misconduct and abuse. Right now, we're joined by three models profiled in the article Josh ardolf. Bobby Roache. Roache. Roache. I knew. And Jason Fedele. Close enough. Fedele. Fedele. Josh, you were 20 years old. You were on a shoot for "French vogue." And with Bruce we were. What happened? You know what? On a shoot. We ended up shooting around Bruce's house. And you know, eventually, I was brought to a private room of his. And by his assistant. And, uh -- during this -- um -- we did -- we did some breathing exercises. And we were shooting. And -- eventually, I was thud. And -- you know, he's -- he told me to grab his hand. And put it where I felt the energy. I was comfortable with that. I put it on my shoulder. I put it on my chest. I put it wherefore I was comfortable with. And then -- you know, he forced his hand on me inappropriately. Right. And I didn't know what to do. I was 20 years old. I was in shock. Ununderstandably. You're hearing ek coast of what you experienced. If it wasn't the same, I don't know what to say. I actually flew to Miami. I was doing a photo shoot for Sean John. I was already excited. I got the phone call that Bruce weber wanted to shoot me. I spoke to the vice president of Sean John during the shoot. During the campaign shoot. He said, man, that's Bruce weber. Go ahead. Go shoot with him. Leave the set. I was like, oh, all right. I got the go-ahead. Got in a cab. Went to his house. Everything was okay with my agent. I got there, walked through his house. Played with his dogs right there. Went to a side section of his garden. Take some photos. And yeah, we were going. I was ready. He said, I don't think I'm feeling your energy correctly. Let me put my hand on your forehead. Me, I'm like, my energy is great. I'm okay. He started doing this waving. Putting his hands all over my body. Me, I'm comfortable with my body. You touch me. It's just hands. Then he started to get really aggressive. I was like, man, I didn't sign up for this. I talked to him. I'm like, I'm okay. I'm all right. I have to go back and finish my shoot. Okay, I'll talk to your age spip later he talked to my agency. He was like, you should have did more. My agent told me you should have did more. Wait, you told your agency what happened and he told you to continue? You should have done more? Yeah. How prevalent is this? I mean is this not unusual in this. Because, the male models, you're not treated the same as female models. No, it's quite pervasive. I think, first of all, thank you for having us. We're grateful and appreciative to be part of the conversation. It's an extremely sensitive one. It requires everyone to listen. And hopefully, join the conversation. You know, what many people may not realize is we have been, as a society, living within the me too movement for more than ten years. People think it's new. The hashtag just came out. If it wasn't for the tireless dedication of its founder, tarana Burke. The many xaj use stories. You were a successful model. For many years. You say this didn't happen to you. But you saw it happening around you. Absolutely. It's quite pervasive. I think anybody who has been in the business long enough should be quite aware of it the. If they're not, they're probably protectionists. That's understandable. I think people need to understand there will be hurt on both sides of the story. There's families, friends, colleagues. Mm-hmm. That will be hurt by this. That is understandable. I think there's a misgnomer out there that people think because people hurt us, they must be naturally evil or dark or mean people. But, people who hurt others are not going to hurt the once that they care about. And so, it's going to be difficult for them to understand. And -- People also don't think it happens to men. To men. Another misnomer. You know, men -- I could be going out on a limb here. And, you know, expatriating myself. We're prideful. We have those things. Were more afraid to come out, speak about this. I know my own friends can rib me about it. Right. In a funny sense. And thats a okay. That's acceptable. This is a nuanced discussion. It's not a polarizing issue. It's one that requires us to listen and reach a deeper understanding about what is going on. What about Bruce weber? You have worked with him as well? Not Bruce we were. Mario testino? Was he inappropriate with you? Again, I think it's important to recognize there are going to be situations that people find themselves in that are uncomfortable. Some are more damaging and hurtful than others in the sense of harassment. Some in a form of abuse. For me, I'm not going to speak to any specifics. Butky say that, as an industry, I think it's important for fashion to recognize just like any other industry that sexual harassment is part of it. And they need to do their part to realize that reality. Yeah. Well, we have a statement. Bruce weber has responded to these allegations. He says -- I'm completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny. I have used common breathing exercises, and professionally photographed thousands of nude models over my career but never touched anyone inappropriately. He says -- I would never, ever try to hurt anyone or prevent someone from succeeding. It's just not in my character. And then lawyers for Mario testino challenged the character and credibility of people who complain of harassment and say they had spoken to several former employees who were shocked by the allegations and that those employees could not confirm any of the claims. Um -- he says that he didn't do any of this to you. You looked visibly angry when you heard her read that response? Yeah, I mean, being with my story relates so much with all these others. It's absurd that he's still denying these claims. You know? Jacob, I want to ask you a question. What triggered this story? Well, I got a phone call from somebody who worked in the fashion business who sort of, Harvey Weinstein, the allegations had come out, and, I can't remember if Charlie rose, if that had happened yet. But a number of these big stories had hit. And they said these are the two people you really should being look at. And the thing that was -- shocking in a certain way is the degree to which it was papered over. That the fashion business there's a perversion that is almost less about sex than it is about meanness. I think what Ann was saying about the hall of mirrors quality earlier, you know, the heels will be impossibly high. The birken bag that costs $7,000, they won't even sell you. And the photographer will do what he wants. That in a certain way, is the mental if I. We should mention that Jacob Bernstein wrote the article. It's your show. You broke the story to "The new York Times" you gave voice to these men. You should be applauded. Is there reason to believe this is still going on? Do I think it's still going on? Um, yeah. I think it goes on all the time. I think it's probably going on a little bit less this week. I think people are scared right now. You know. And -- and, with modeling where you are selling sex in a certain way. Yeah. There's a certain confusion around what appropriate behavior is. That is -- underable. It doesn't mean that you get to touch -- you know. No still means no no matter what you're doing. Exactly. You know, it's different than a corporate environment. I think everybody is trying to figure out what's what. Well, look, the fact that you put the story out and that you all said you know what? This needs to be told. Thank you for doing that. Because you're going to help so many other folks. Particularly men. To come and discuss this. So thank you. Our thanks to Josh, Bobby, and Jason. And Jacob. And we shall be right back.

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