Some of the biggest brands in the world have revealed that they will no longer be working with famed photographer Mario Testino, following a series of sexual assault allegations that have been made against him.
The photographer – who has shot some of the most famous faces in the world, including the Royal Family – was accused of sexual assault by a total of 13 male models and assistants, which came to light in a New York Times expose.
“We take allegations of this nature very seriously,” Burberry said in a statement.
“Burberry is committed to providing a just, safe and fair working environment and we have a zero-tolerance policy against any form of harassment, abuse or discrimination.
“The safety, security and welfare of the people with whom we work is a priority for Burberry and we seek to ensure all our partners adhere to our principles and policies and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.”
Michael Kors, another big and powerful fashion brand, also vowed to stop working with the photographer:
“We recently learned of the allegations concerning Mario Testino.
“In light of the seriousness of these accusations, we will not be working with Mr. Testino on future advertising campaigns.”
Mario Testino has denied every single one of the claims.
His legal team, Lavely & Singer, have challenged the “characters and credibility” of those who came forward, adding that they “cannot be considered reliable sources”.
They added that former employees were “shocked by the allegations” and “could not confirm any of the claims”.