Bruce Weber claims accuser pursued him after alleged assault

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Famed style photographer Bruce Weber — who’s being sued for allegedly groping a topic — says the male mannequin pursued him after the alleged assault with “provocative and salacious” texts together with semi-nude selfies.

Weber has connected copies of the 2013 and 2014 texts to courtroom papers refuting allegations within the Manhattan Supreme Courtroom go well with introduced by Jason Boyce.

Boyce claims Weber — identified for his work in Vogue and Rolling Stone magazines — cornered him at the back of the photographer’s Manhattan studio in December 2014.

Weber, then 68, allegedly ordered the 28-year-old mannequin to take away his shirt and pants and requested him to take off his underwear. When Boyce froze, Weber took the underwear off himself then put his hand on the mannequin’s chest and groin, the go well with says.

Weber additionally moved Boyce’s hand onto his personal crotch and put his fingers in his mouth, the go well with says. Earlier than leaving the studio Weber grabbed Boyce and kissed him on the mouth, in line with courtroom papers.

A screenshot of a text message Bruce Weber says he received from model Jason Boyce.
A screenshot of a textual content message Bruce Weber says he obtained from mannequin Jason Boyce.

However within the new submitting Weber calls Boyce an “unsuccessful 32-year-old male mannequin” who made “false” allegations towards him to “extort a hefty settlement.”

“The document proof exhibits that it was plaintiff, as properly has his modeling brokers, who relentlessly pursued Mr. Weber to {photograph} plaintiff,” the shutterbug says in courtroom papers.

He attaches a sequence of unveiling textual content messages together with two despatched by Boyce’s agent David Todd to Weber in March 2013 and February 2014.

“That is Jason Boyce. 24 and 6 ft. Beautiful!!!!!” says the primary message above a full frontal bare selfie of Boyce.

Todd adopted up with a second nude shot of Boyce reminding the storied photographer that his consumer is “6 ft, 24- attractive!!!!”

Boyce himself despatched Weber at topless selfie displaying off his sculpted physique months after their December 2014 encounter. The textual content included a be aware that learn, “Hope you’re having a very good weekend Bruce!! : – )”

The exchanges “reveal that plaintiff was soliciting Mr. Weber, not the opposite means round,” the photographer writes in courtroom papers.

Boyce’s lawyer didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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