Terry Richardson has broken his silence about the ongoing allegations of sexual harassment and casting couch procedures against him, saying they're “false, hate-filled and libelous tales” in what he feels has been "nothing more than an emotionally-charged witch hunt.
“I chose to primarily ignore a cycle of Internet gossip and false accusations against me," Richardson said in a letter published in Friday's NY Post. "I felt that to dignify them with a response was a betrayal of my work and my character.”
Richardson -- who's been publicly panned by models he's worked with, such as Jamie Peck, Rie Rasmussen and Charlotte Wheeler, in recent years -- said the most recent wave of allegations "seemed especially vicious and distorted.
“People have become comfortable concocting hate-filled and libelous tales," the sometimes-salacious shutterbug wrote. "In writing this, I make a humble attempt at correcting these rumors."
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“I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work, and as is typical with any project, everyone signed releases."
The New York native -- answering the accusations of casting couch procedures -- wrote that he's never "used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do.
"I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly.”
As we previously reported, the 48-year-old, who's shot for magazines like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, has seen his star rise in the past few years, becoming something of a "photographer to the stars" in high-profile collaborations with Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton and Lady Gaga.
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