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Terry Richarson Opens Up About Sexual Predator Allegations

Terry Richarson Opens Up About Sexual Predator Allegations

Terry Richardson poses for the cover of New York magazine‘s latest issue, in which he defend himself against sexual misconduct allegations.

Here is what the 48-year-old celebrity photographer had to share with the mag:

On the atmosphere of his sexual shoots: “It was never just me and a girl ever. It was always assistants, or other people around, or girls brought friends over to hang out. It was very daytime, no drugs, no alcohol. It was a happening, there was energy, it was fun, it was exciting, making these strong images, and that’s what it was. People collaborating and exploring sexuality and taking pictures.”

On not forcing models to do anything: “When I was taking those pictures… I was very, like, ‘Cool, sounds great, let’s do it, great, okay, sure, great, cool, if not, no problem, never do anything you don’t want to do, of course, I totally respect that.’” He makes the point that agents and bookers shouldn’t encourage their clients to take on assignments that will make them uncomfortable.”

On if he has any regrets: “I don’t have any regrets about the work at all. but obviously I don’t ever want someone to feel like that. It was never my intention. But also, people do things, and then they have regrets, and that’s also nothing to do with me. Then don’t do pictures like that again … I’m okay with myself about everything, and that to me is the most important thing.”

For the complete and very in-depth profile of Terry Richardson, visit! Bigger cover pic inside…

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  • Lil

    you’re still a repulsive human being

  • Hot Dumb Italian Mike!

    All he needs is a clown outfit!

  • go go

    What an airhead, no wonder

  • Teri

    I’m sure he never targeted well known people. I can see him taking advantage of the newbies

  • aquarius64

    The heat must REALLY be on Richardson to find a friendly publication to get his side out. Too late, he’s seen as a scuzball by too many.

  • ugh

    @Teri: yep that’s exactly what “Uncle Terry” does, that’s why his BFF Jared Leto like to play crazy and act like the way he treats his celebrity clients is the same way he treats newcomers except the newcomers never become famous, just props for his d*** to play around with. his “assistant” is a little b**** for going along with Terry’s commands and convincing the girls that what he’s doing is “normal”. Such an a$$wipe

  • K

    This guy is disgusting and SHAME on NYMag for giving this sexual predator free PR. I can’t believe magazines still use this scumbag for shoots. His photos aren’t even that good to begin with.

  • Agreed

    He never once says he doesn’t have relations with these girls, he just tries to tip toe around it and throw out “don’t take pics” in every other sentence. The regrets he’s referring to are the girls who do “extras” with him, but then he follows it up with a “don’t take pics”. As if the girls wanting to take pictures means they must do something else, and if they don’t, don’t take the photos. He’s a total creeper and it’s a shame that any girl lets him take her photo. I also agree with “Teri” and “ugh” above, he doesn’t treat his celeb “friends” the same way because he knows people will believe them and they have platforms like Twitter these days, and they’d actually ruin his rep. It’s those girls who are rising in the business and think that’s the way to get ahead. I remember when he photographed Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning and Kristen Stewart…they all were totally dressed. But, IDK, maybe he hooked up with Miley lol…her pics were gross.

  • Micky

    Listen these girls and commenters can call Terry a creep all they want but at the end of the day these girls are adults and have a choice to stay and through with it or leave and let the chips fall where they may. Ok, so his assistants and so on are coaching but how about don’t be a mindless zombie and think for yourself. If you don’t like what’s happening walk away. His reputation has preceded him for quite some time so for the girls wanting to be in the industry they should be aware of who he is and Google has been around for quite some time now. If your agency says we are sending you to so and so how about you do your homework on the photographer or designer before you go so you know what you’re walking into?

  • go go

    In other words if you dont plan on having sex after he takes your pics, dont bother showing up and then bitching about it. Disgusting

  • Open your Eyes

    He is lying.

  • Weird

    @Micky: I agree with you as far as the girls being able to say “No”, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s nasty. I don’t think anyone who left the comment is putting the girls who did this all under their own free will in a “innocent light”. Although some of these girls don’t have agents who sent them to Terry, I read a few tell-alls from models who are up-and-coming and contact him through his website to set up a shoot. They can set it up all on their own. I’m sure if you google it, you’ll find the article from one of the girls who gets very candid. She talks about how embarrassed she was too, and you know, she should be. She could have said No the whole time but she didn’t stand up for herself. These girls shouldn’t play into his game, but like I said, he’s still gross…Totally gross.

  • olive

    Lock him up.

  • Truth Hurts

    Terry Richardson pix are as disgusting as he is