Updated 03:59 AM EDT, Wed, Sep 22, 2021

Model Details How Photographer Terry Richardson Allegedly Took Advantage of Her

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It's been five years since she posed for famed photographer Terry Richardson, but for Charlotte Waters, once was more than enough. The 24-year-old model claims she was taken advantage of during a photo shoot with the man infamous for his photographs of celebs like Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus. 

Waters first used Reddit to talk about her account anonymously, but then decided to take her story even more public, going to the police and speaking with Vocativ, so that other girls may not fall prey to the photographer.

Waters says she started seeing that her friends were posting articles about Richardson's alleged behavior.

"...I was like: 'I know exactly what these people are talking about!' But the articles were all very vague and about rumors, so I wanted so say, 'Hey, I've experienced this first hand. There aren't just rumors.' But I wasn't sure I wanted to come out about this very embarrassing thing I did, so I was just sitting on it for a while," Waters wrote on Reddit. 

Waters was 19 years old when she started doing nude modeling on the side to make money. She signed up through Model Mayhem, and she got a few connections through the site. A fan of his style, she decided to submit a photo to model for him on his website.

For other nude modeling shoots, the photographers never touched her, not even to reposition her, Waters says. Others also made sure to keep their distance, and she never felt like she had no control of the situation.

The day of the Terry Richardson shoot started normally enough, Waters says. She interacted with his assistant and signed a model release form, which looked like other forms she had signed in the past.

"The first thing he did was take a photo of me with my ID to prove I was over 18," she said. "And then we started shooting, and he reached out and put his hand on my face."

She was taking off her clothes in stages, so while Richardson had put his thumb in her mouth, she still felt pretty comfortable. And there were assistants who continued to compliment her along the way.

"But then he had me unbutton his pants, and he took his penis out, and it was all completely downhill from there," Walters wrote.

Waters goes on to explicitly detail everything that happened in the shoot and questions why she let it go that far.

Despite facing similar accusations since 2004, celebrities and magazines continue to work with Richardson. He has photographed Lea Michele for V and Kate Moss for Lui, and also recently photographed Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o.

Model Coco Rocha is the only big name who has talked about him, saying she would never work with him again because she doesn't feel comfortable with him. 

You can read Waters' full account here.

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