WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Actor and model Emily Ratajkowski accuse photographer, Jonathan Leder of sexual assault, a claim Leder vehemently denies.
- The photoshoot in 2012 produced three published books to which Ratajkowski claims were published without her consent.
- Leder says Ratajkowski’s claims are “totally false”.
The event happened in 2012 when model and actor Emily Ratajkowski was booked by her agent for a shoot with Photographer Jonathan Leder in the photographer’s flat in Woodstock, New York.
Ratajkowski recalls the events in a published essay in New York magazine which details her side of what happened. In the essay, ‘Buying Myself Back: When Does a Model Own Her Own Image’, Ratajkowski says that Leder sexually assaulted her and even recalls the events leading to it.
She said her agent did not tell her that she was required to stay overnight; that she had to wear lingerie, that Leder would tell her to take off her clothes, and later on pose naked.
When she was offered red wine by the photographer, she did not refuse as she wanted to appear mature and professional.
She says, “I’d been taught that it was important to earn a reputation as hardworking and easygoing. ‘You never know who you are going to be shooting for next!’ my agent would remind me.”
The photographs from the photoshoot were published in a book entitled Emily Ratjkowksi and was even followed with a second and third book of the shoot’s outtakes called Two Nights With Emily.
Ratjkowksi claims the books were published without her consent to which Leder strongly denies together with the sexual assault accusation.
Leder was quoted by New York magazine as saying that Ratajkowski’s allegations are “too tawdry and childish to respond to. You do know who we are talking about, right? This is the girl that was naked in Treats! magazine, and bounced around naked in the Robin Thicke video at that time. You really want someone to believe she was a victim?”
Ratjkowksi’s claims are “totally false”, according to Leder.
Leder’s representative and publisher of the books, Imperial Publishing, says “Of course Mr Leder totally denies her outrageous allegations of being ‘assaulted’ and claims that Ratajkowski only made the “salacious accusations” because she was not able to stop the publishing of the books.
Source: The Guardian