Facing a federal complaint filed by five male models, photographer Bruce Weber is said to be exploring further legal action of his own.
Seeking a jury trial, the 14-page complaint claimed Weber is “a serial sexual predator who used his power in the male modeling industry to fraudulently and forcefully entice aspiring male models into engaging in abusive commercial acts.” Alleging they were victims of sex trafficking and molestation, the plaintiffs were identified by pseudonyms so as not to subject them to “further embarrassment, shame and emotional harm,” according to the filing in the Southern District of New York’s U.S. District Court on Friday.
Weber did not respond to a request for comment Saturday. A spokesman for his company, Little Bear Productions, declined to comment beyond the statement from Weber’s attorney Jayne Weintraub. “These new allegations against Bruce Weber are outrageous. Bruce Weber has never lured, recruited or forced anyone to do anything and has never inappropriately touched a model. This lawsuit is nothing more than a media-hungry lawyer’s attempt to extort Mr. Weber with false, fictitious and legally frivolous claims. We are confident that Mr. Weber will prevail against these false allegations; not just with words, but with evidence in a