Last month, model Jason Boyce filed a lawsuit against Bruce Weber, claiming the photographer sexually harassed him in 2014. In early December another model, Mark Ricketson, also broke his silence and detailed new allegations of sexual harassment against Weber. Alexander Kjellevik is now the third model to come forward to accuse fashion photographer Bruce Weber of sexual harassment.
This week Diet Prada, the no-mercy Instagram handle that calls out injustices in the fashion industry, broke the news in their Instagram stories that Alexander Kjellevik posted a detailed account of sexual harassment by Bruce Weber. Also of note by Diet Prada was how the fashion industry was responding amidst the claims.
All it takes is one person. Model Jason Boyce has filed suit against photographer @bruce_weber for alleged sexual assault. Rumors have long been swirling, but in a landmark year when many women throughout industries have bravely stepped forward to tell their stories, few men have yet do so. Boyce's move was a brave one and should be a game changer in the conversation surrounding sexual assault within the modeling industry and hopefully beyond. In the stories that broke, also named were Weber's "wife" Nan Bush and Jason Kanner (CEO of Soul Artist Management), who may have been complicit in these allegation. On the right, an image of Boyce shot by Weber.
The new claims by Kjellevik are written in eight Instagram posts and tell of the degrading experience he had with Weber. Each post features an image from the period of the harrassment, some of the images were taken by Bruce Weber of the model.
Surprisingly, there has not been any press coverage outside of Diet Prada about Alexander Kjellevik’s sexual harassment accusations which he claimed happened in 2011 (the statute of limitations to press charges for sex felony’s in New York is 5 years). Nor have the models Jason Boyce or Mark Ricketson who’ve filed charges against Weber released a statement to acknowledge Kjellevik’s claims.
This hasn’t stopped Alexander Kjellevik from continuing to speak out saying “what I care about, are the hundreds of young men who had to go through this abuse, and sharing my story, 100% raw and true will hopefully prevent this man from continuing abuse.”
The 71-year-old Weber, who worked for Vogue and helped forge the image of brands like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie & Fitch, is the second major fashion photographer accused of sexual misconduct this year.