Terry Richardson speaks out about assault claims

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Celebrity and fashion photographer Terry Richardson has finally spoken out about the sexual misconduct claims made against him.

"Four years ago, I chose to primarily ignore a cycle of Internet gossip and false accusations against me," he said in an open letter entitled 'Correcting the rumours' to the Huffington Post.



"At that time, I felt that to dignify them with a response was a betrayal of my work and my character.

"When these allegations resurfaced over the past few months, they seemed especially vicious and distorted, moving outside the realm of critical dialogue and becoming nothing more than an emotionally-charged witch hunt."

He goes on to explain why, four years later, he is finally deciding to speak up against the claims.



"In writing this, I make a humble attempt at correcting these rumors, because I have come to realize that absent my voice in the conversation, all that remain are the lies," he continued.

"Over the course of my career, I have come to accept that some of my more provocative work courts controversy, and as an artist, I value the discourse that arises from this. I can only hope for this discourse to be informed by fact, so that whether you love my work or hate it, you give it, and me, the benefit of the truth."

Several models have come forward anonymously with stories of alleged sexual misconduct by the photographer.

These claims have, however, come to the forefront recently after model Charlotte Waters detailed a harrowing experience she allegedly had with Terry.

Fashion blog OMG That Dress then started a petition asking for people to support a #nomoreterry boycott, which commits to refusing to buy, watch or promote any outlet or form of media that works with Terry.

Terry is famous for his provocative, envelope-pushing photography, which is regularly published in high-profile magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and V.

He has also worked with hundreds of celebrities, the most famous including Miley Cyrus, Cara Delevingne, Bar Rafaeli and Beyoncé.

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