Famed fashion photographer Bruce Weber has settled a lawsuit against him that had been brought by a group of models who had accused him of sexual assault, Page Six reported.
Weber is known for his erotic ad campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch and Calvin Klein. When the news broke that models had come out alleging Weber of abuse, Condé Nast global chief content officer and Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, suspended working with Weber and photographer Mario Testino, who also faces similar accusations to Weber.
The models — Josh Ardolf, Anthony Baldwin, Jacob Madden, and Jnana Van Oijen — accused the 75-year-old Weber of groping them during photo shoots while saying he was simply helping them or leading them through breathing exercises.
Weber had denied the allegations.
“I have spent my career capturing the human spirit through photographs and am confident that, in due time, the truth will prevail,” he said, according to the paper.
The settlement does not express guilt on the photographer’s part. The amount was also not disclosed.
Weber previously settled another suit from model Jason Boyce over similar allegations.
The models claimed that they would call Weber’s behavior on set as being “Brucified,” according to Page Six.
“I did witness Bruce take one of the younger models away from the scene into a private shooting, private setting … I don’t remember who it was, but somebody turned around and quoted to me oh, he’s going to get ‘Brucified,” Van Oijen said in court documents.
Baldwin claims that Weber groped him in his underwear in 2009 during a shoot for Abercrombie & Fitch in Florida. Weber allegedly asked Baldwin to model nude, but Baldwin refused.
Lawyer Lisa Bloom was ordered to pay Weber $28,000 in 2020 after Boyce, her client, refused to answer some questions during a deposition.
On Tuesday, Arick Fudali, partner at The Bloom Firm, told Page Six, “The parties have chosen to put this matter behind them and move forward with their lives.”
“Bruce has chosen to put this matter behind him and move forward with his life,” a source close to Weber said.