Model Jason Boyce is suing photographer Bruce Weber for allegedly forcing him to rub his own genitals — and sucking on the his fingers in a creepy casting session.
The incident with Weber occurred three years ago in December of 2014 at the photographer’s Manhattan studio.
According to the Manhattan Supreme Court suit, when Boyce arrived for the shoot three years ago, Weber closed the door to the studio, leaving the two alone in a back room,
“Mr. Boyce, who had been photographed numerous times in the past, was then subjected to a series of practices by Mr. Weber that were unlike any he had experienced previously.”
Weber told Boyce,
“You’re very tense.”
He then straddled him and rubbed oil onto his forehead. According to the suit,
“Mr. Weber then instructed Mr. Boyce to stand up for more photographs.”
Weber told Boyce to take off his shirt and pants. Boyce obeyed, remembering his agent’s instructions that he had to “nail this” because of Weber’s influence in the industry.
But he froze when Weber asked him to expose his genitals, the papers say. Weber then removed Boyce’s underwear, the suit says.
After taking more photographs, Weber “instructed Mr. Boyce to put his hands on himself, ‘wherever you feel your energy go. When Boyce put his hand on his chest, Weber moved it down to his groin.
According to the New York Post,
“Mr. Weber grabbed Mr. Boyce’s arm, and moved it back and forth, so that Mr. Boyce was forced to rub his own genitals.”
Weber then moved Mr. Boyce’s hand to his own groin and put the model’s fingers in his mouth, the suit says.
Boyce recalls being “terrified and repulsed.”
Weber allegedly whispered, “If you just had confidence, you’d go really far” and “How far do you want to make it? How ambitious are you?”
When Boyce didn’t respond, Weber removed the model’s fingers from his mouth, dropped his hand from his genitals and said, “You know what? Put your underwear on. I think we’re done here.”
But before Boyce could leave, Weber allegedly grabbed him and kissed him on the lips. The next day, Boyce’s agent asked how it went, and he texted back, “weird.”
The suit says,
“Mr. Boyce felt intense dread at the thought of a modeling career in an industry where Mr. Weber was considered by many to be a top photographer and primary champion of male models,
He was worried that he would continue to run into Mr. Weber throughout his career. He experienced anxiety, depression, and high levels of stress.”
So he moved back to California and never returned to New York for modeling work, the suit says. Boyce’s agent dropped him in September 2016.
The floodgates are open. Here comes the deluge.
(Photos, Instagram, YouTube; via NY Post)