Models accuse photographers Weber, Testino of sex misconduct

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NEW YORK (AP) — Several male models have accused famed photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino of unwanted sexual advances and coercion.

Fifteen current and former models tell The New York Times that Weber's demands often occurred during photo shoots and other private sessions. The Times says 13 assistants and models accuse Testino.

Model Robyn Sinclair says there was "a lot of touching" and "molestation" involving Weber. Model Ryan Locke worked with Testino on Gucci ad campaigns and calls him a "sexual predator."

Weber says he's "shocked and saddened" and denies the accusations. A law firm representing Testino challenges the character and credibility of people who complained of harassment.

Several industries have been rocked by sexual-abuse allegations since women started coming forward to complain about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has apologized for causing colleagues "a lot of pain."

Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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