Terry Richardson Defends His Behavior: “I Don't Have Any Regrets”

June 16, 2014 9:01 PM

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New York magazine’s latest cover story asks, “Is Terry Richardson an artist or a predator?” Now he gets the chance to tell his side of the story. Sexual-assault and exploitation claims against the celebrity photographer have mounted, including a devastating account from 19-year-old Charlotte Waters in March and a recent allegation from Emma Appleton that was proven to be a hoax. Additionally, he’s been sued by several former models. Richardson maintains that many of the allegations are mere rumors. “It’s insane, the internet. Totally craziness. Like a little cancer. People can just do whatever they want, say whatever they want, be totally anonymous. It’s totally out of control.” [Disclosure: Richardson has shot photos for Vanity Fair in the past.]

Richardson also asserts that nothing innappropriate could have ever happened at his shoots because there were always groups of people around. “It was never just me and a girl ever,” he says. “It was always assistants, or other people around, or girls brought friends over to hang out. It was very day...

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