Over the weekend, a single social media post by a British model ignited yet another scandal concerning fashion photographer Terry Richardson.
Emma Appleton took to her Twitter account (which has since been deleted) on Sunday to share a screenshot of an alleged Facebook message that she received from Richardson, claiming that if she had sex with him, he would be able to book her for a shoot in American Vogue. This follows similar accusations against Richardson that just came out in March when an anonymous model wrote a tell-all recap of her sexual assault on Reddit.
Even though this situation surfaced during weekend hours, both camps felt compelled to make statements right away. A spokeswoman for Vogue tells us, "The last assignment Terry Richardson had for U.S. Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future"
A rep for Richardson did not immediately respond to our request for comment, but told Buzzfeed, “This is obviously a fake. Terry did not send this text.”
Appleton has removed the photo and has deleted her Twitter account entirely. She issued a statement on Instagram saying she was unsure if the messenger was in fact the real Richardson, and that she regretted posting it because of the response it has evoked.
Upon first seeing the alleged message, it seems like something that would be very easy to fake: A quick search of Facebook reveals that there are dozens of men and women that go by the name Terry Richardson on the site. But, with models coming forward so frequently about eerily similar situations, there's still that underlying suspicion that Appleton's story could be true.
In March, Richardson wrote an open letter to the Huffington Post in an attempt to defend himself from the most recent allegations, but the fact that powerhouse publication Vogue as well as brands like H&M and Equinox have publicly announced that they have no plans to work with him in the future speaks volumes.