'I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly, and as such, it has been difficult to see myself as a target of revisionist history.'Richardson, who has worked with some of the biggest names in the music and fashion industry, including Beyonce and Lady Gaga, but also Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, often appeared in his own work.He is also known to have a close relationship with Edward Enninful, the editor of British Vogue, who he was pictured arm-in-arm with last month at New York Fashion Week.Figures from within the modelling industry, including former i-D editor Caryn Franklin, said Richardson's behaviour has become an 'open secret'.While several models have condemned his conduct during shoots, others, including Daisy Lowe and Noot Seear, have previously come to his defence.Richardson's contract arrangements with Conde Nast had been in discussion for several months - but after an article was posted that questioned why he was still being 'feted by fashionistas' ties were officially cut.He is pictured in 2016 at the Tom Ford Fashion Show in New York Figures from within the modelling industry, including former i-D editor Caryn Franklin, said Richardson's behaviour has become an 'open secret'.Richardson has been accused multiple times of using his influence as a photographer to sexually assault models during photo shoots.On more than one occasion models, such as Rie Rasmussen, Jamie Peck and Charlotte Waters, accused him of inappropriate sexual behaviours and exploiting young female models.
He wrote: '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.'I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do.
Richardson's work has been characterized as hyper-sexual and is known for posing with his subjects.
In many of his shoots he puts high-profile celebrities or models in mundane situations, and photographs them using very basic methods.
The spread was shown at Paris's International Festival de la Mode later that year.
In 1995 he did a shoot for designer Katherine Hamnett's spring collection, which was characterized by images of young women in short skirts with pubic hair showing.