Emma Appleton posted a screenshot of Richardon's proposal on Twitter to register her disgust. In the firestorm of reactions, she deleted her tweet but this new accusation may be the one that finally lands a blow on Richardson's seemingly untouchable career.
As Popdust previously reported, accusations against Richardson have piled up over the last few years, ranging from groping to insisting on sexual favors and outright molestation of young, usually inexperienced models. Yet he has continued to remain in high favor both professionally and socially despite these widely publicized charges.
Richardson finally wrote a letter defending himself, published in full on the Huffington Post, and describing the accusations as a 'witch hunt.' He made no mention of a 2007 interview in which he boasted, "It's not who you know, it's who you blow. I don't have a hole in my jeans for nothing."
While a rep for the photographer has called the message Appleton posted a fake, it is generally being regarded as yet another example of Richardson's now familiar egregious conduct.
But today, for the first time, a spokesperson from U.S. Vogue, the bible of fashion media, told BuzzFeed that it has 'no plans' to work with Richardson in the future and hasn’t since 2010. It's a good start and the first such response from Vogue, but it does not apply to international editions of Vogue, nor to other Conde Nast publications.
Let's see what happens next. Is Emma Appleton's screenshot the one that will be heard around the world, leading to a genuine comeuppance for Mr. Richardson? Or will her story be brushed aside like all the others, leaving Richardson to pal around with Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, and Kate Moss, mugging and flipping his trademark peace sign?