Bruce Weber Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations

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The fashion photographer issued a statement on Wednesday.

Fashion photographer Bruce Weber has issued a statement, denying sexual harassment allegations leveled against him.

"I want to address the recent allegations made against me," Weber said Wednesday via his personal Instagram account. "I unequivocally deny these charges and will vigorously defend myself. I have spent my career capturing the human spirit through photographs and am confident that, in due time, the truth will prevail. I am grateful for the outpouring of support I have received."

Weber was accused of sexual harassment by male model Jason Boyce in a lawsuit filed in December in New York State Supreme Court. Civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom later announced she was representing Boyce in his lawsuit against Weber.

Boyce alleged that Weber pressured him to take off his clothes and touch his own genitals, and said that the photographer put the model's fingers in his mouth during a photo shoot in 2014. The complaint detailed how Weber allegedly told Boyce during the shoot, "If you just had confidence, you'd go really far" and "How far do you want to make it? How ambitious are you?" Weber also allegedly forced Boyce to kiss him before he left. Boyce was 28, and Weber was 68 at the time.

"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," according to the suit. "He was worried that he would continue to run into Mr. Weber throughout his career. He experienced anxiety, depression and high levels of stress."

Another male model, Mark Ricketson, 31, also has accused Weber of sexual harassment. Ricketson claims that during a 2005 photo shoot in Manhattan, Weber pressured him to touch himself. Ricketson will not be joining the Boyce lawsuit because the statute of limitations in California has run out.

Weber, who has worked for Vogue and Vanity Fair and has been a visual architect for iconic brands Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, is the latest fashion photographer to be accused of sexual misconduct. Terry Richardson, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault over the years, is currently under investigation by the NYPD.