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Male Model Accuses Photographer Bruce Weber of Sexual Misconduct, Sues

Monday Dec 4, 2017
Jason Byoce
Jason Byoce  (Source:Instagram /@jasonmboyce)

A professional male model is suing world-renowned fashion photographer Bruce Weber, accusing him of sexual harassment and discrimination, and, in the lawsuit, alleges "casting couch practices," ABC News reports.

The suit was filed in New York City on Dec. 1 by attorneys for model Jason Boyce. The suit also names Weber's company Little Bear Inc., model agent Jason Kanner as well as Kanner's company Soul Artist Management, which represented Boyce since 2013.

Boyce, who is being represented by attorney Lisa Bloom, is seeking unspecific punitive and compensatory damages and damages for emotional dresses.

"I'm very proud to represent Jason Boyce in this important case," Bloom said.

ABC News obtained the lawsuit, which says Weber's alleged actions made Boyce "clearly uncomfortable" under the guise of furthering his modeling career. In the suit, Boyce alleges the photographer removed his underwear and forced Boyce to touch his own genitals.

"Terrified and repulsed, Mr. Boyce closed his eyes, hoping Mr. Weber would stop," the lawsuit says, according to ABC News. "Mr. Weber put his fingers in Mr. Boyce's mouth. Shocked, Mr. Boyce opened his eyes. Mr. Weber told him to keep his eyes closed, and kept his fingers in Mr. Boyce's mouth. 'If you just had confidence, you'd go really far,' Mr. Weber whispered. 'How far do you want to make it? How ambitious are you?' Mr. Boyce did not respond."

The Blast, which also obtained the suit, reports the alleged incident occurred on Dec. 14, 2014, and that only Boyce and Weber were present.

Over the next year, Boyce was feeling "intense dread" at the idea of seeing Weber again. Boyce then returned to his home in California and never returned to modeling in New York. He is suing over humiliation, emotional anguish, and lost economic opportunities.

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