Model Ashley Graham told “The View” she had concerns about working with photographer Terry Richardson, but survived the experience unscathed.
“We did work together when I was 17, 18 years old and it is unfortunate all of the allegations that are coming out,” Graham told the hosts of the ABC talk show, expressing her sympathy for model Caron Bernstein, who told the Daily News last month that she was sexually assaulted by Richardson during a 2003 photoshoot. Richardson, now the target of a criminal investigation, insists his sex acts with models were all consensual.
“It was normal enough,” Graham said of her shoot with Richardson. But she says she was less fortunate during another shoot early in her career, in which a photo assistant cornered her in a closet and showed her his penis.
“He exposed himself and said look at what you did to me all day long,” she recalled. “Now touch it.”
Ashley Graham told “The View” about working with photographer Terry Richardson.
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When that happened, Graham says was afraid to speak up because the fashion industry might think it was her fault.
“If they found out he did that to me, I thought ‘I’m never going to get hired for a job again, I’m going to be ‘the difficult model’ and no one is going to want to work with me again.”
Now 30 years old and a lot wiser, Graham insists she would not allow herself to be treated that way.
“If I knew what I knew now and I knew all of these women were standing up and saying ‘me too,’ I would have smacked that guy and said ‘he’s a pedophile,’ because I was 17.”
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Not only would Graham stand up for herself now. She’s also got her fellow models’ backs.
“I’m going to watch out for my sisters on set,” she said.
With Brian Niemietz