Terry Richardson victim Jamie Peck pens a rebuttal to NYMag’s pro-Terry article

Terry Richardson

I talked yesterday about NYMag’s sycophantic, pro-Terry Richardson article. The piece was titled, “Is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator?” The piece attempted to dig into Terry’s sordid past with a sympathetic viewpoint. Terry had a chaotic childhood, and he likes teddy bears. He’s an artiste. Therefore he should be allowed to do whatever he wants without question … because ART.

One of the models mentioned in the piece was Jamie Peck. NYMag tried to debunk her accusations against Terry by saying that she had two haircuts. Or something weird like that. It doesn’t make sense. The magazine tried to say Jamie was lying because she was photographed with Terry on two occasions … therefore she either gave consent or was lying.

Jamie is talking back. She’s now a writer for many outlets including the New York Observer, Village Voice, and MTV. Jamie asks whether NYMag title asks “a trick question,” and she has a point. NYMag acts like “artist” and “predator” are mutually exclusive terms. As if Terry can only be one or the other.

Jamie describes how the article’s journo, Ben Wallace, initially contacted her by sending Terry’s “sexually explicit photos” of her in an email. Jamie says these photos were of her engaging in “activity” with Terry, but she doesn’t remember everything that happened. If she was sexually traumatized, that would explain her fuzzy memory. Charlotte Waters described a similar experience with Terry. Here is an amazing comeback (part of it, anyway) from Jamie Peck:

From Roman Polanski to Woody Allen and thousands of “nice guys” in between, it should be obvious by now that artists and predators aren’t mutually exclusive. Sexual predators aren’t drooling monsters that hide in caves: they are husbands, fathers, employees, friends and, yes, sometimes artists. Why is this so hard for some people to understand?

In more than 7,000 words, the false dichotomy of the headline is never directly addressed — despite all the words the article spends illuminating Richardson’s glamorous-but-messed-up childhood, his nepotistic career arc and what various people think of his “provocative” work. Call me crazy, but allegations of sexual harassment and abuse are a little more important than what type of sandwich Uncle Terry likes to eat in the morning.

It treats the central question of Richardson’s many critics — Was meaningful consent given for the sex acts in these images? — in a cursory fashion, given that it’s the theme this major magazine article promises to explore. It isn’t as though the author lacked for material: Wallace and I spoke for over an hour, and the only quote he used from me was in regard to the aforementioned images. Stories from other people were treated similarly: brief points about their accusations accompanied by parenthetical denials from Richardson’s camp.

As someone morbidly interested in the psychology of criminals and sociopaths — as well as the banal ways abuse weaves itself into our lives from generation to generation — I’ll admit that I was able to dissociate myself enough to find the New York Magazine story an enthralling read in much the same way that I devoured the bookDevil in the White City or the killer Eliot Rodger’s lengthy manifesto. It offers detailed, socially-understandable explanations for Richardson’s behavior: his unconventional and even traumatic childhood; his lack of empathy; his seemingly limited understanding of how coercion works; and all the people who enabled him to continue to operate.

There’s even some mention of the power structures that keep Richardson insulated from the consequences of his actions, including the fact that agents send models to him and they feel, in the model Sarah Ziff’s words, “pressured to comply because my agent had told me to make a good impression.” Even the moments of clarity about the exploitative nature of the system in which Richardson has operated are surrounded by quotes from his “yes men” and women sounding as defensive and delusional as you’d expect.

After reading more about Uncle Terry’s f—ed-up childhood, I have to wonder: is the more important question How did he get this way?, or rather How do we stop him? Or is the real question even more complex: What does this say about the fashion industry as a whole that so many people have let him and other, sneakier people get away with this for so long? Would we really be having this conversation if Uncle Terry were just another abusive uncle and/or a member of the economic underclass? Or, conversely, if he were the CEO of a corporation using his position to get b—jobs from employees?

[From The Guardian]

Now that’s more like it. The NYMag piece provided so many excuses for Terry to act like a predator. He’s an “artist” and a provocateur, and some magazines like his work … so everyone should just step off, right? Nope. I don’t feel sorry for Terry at all. He has made millions from his shady work, and he’s selling us some sob story about how the internet is just picking on him.

Here’s a recent photo of Jamie Peck modelling for 1aeon t-shirts.

Jamie Peck

Photos courtesy of WENN, NYPag & Jamie Elizabeth Peck on Twitter

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  1. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Such a predictable defense tactic: put the victim on trial.
    Shame on New York mag.

    • Boodiba says:

      Gawker has also addressed this.

    • Kiddo says:

      NY Mag gave him a bit of a b-job. What was Benjamin Wallace’s agenda? Did he legitimately believe Terry’s story, without question or investigation? Was he merely being a provocateur for bait clicks? Or is he so completely devoid of understanding power dynamic that he believes this type of behavior represents consent? Is he friends with Terry? I’m not sure what to make of him, as a writer. Someone should take him to task on this gloss project.

      Editing to add: Hey Bedhead, any way you can seek a comment from the writer on Jamie Peck’s rebuttal?

      • Snazzy says:

        I was wondering about this too? Why would the magazine go at such lengths (and allow for such sh***y writing) to protect this guy? Are they complicit?

      • Bridget says:

        I am surprised as well – there are just so many allegations of misconduct, and I cannot believe that a journalist wouldn’t follow up on the assertion of ‘bookers just shouldn’t send girls that would be uncomfortable.’

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I read somewhere that Wallace specializes in this kind of profile-writing; covering the “almighty-on-the-verge-of-imploding”. He also wrote a ‘Journalism Lite’ piece on Glenn Beck for GQ right after he moved to CNN.

        It might be that NYMag gave him the assignment because they knew he’d do a relatively-flattering fluff piece.

      • Kiddo says:

        @TheOriginalKitten, But why did NYMag want a fluff piece? I mean, if Terry wanted to defend himself, I could see the mag allowing him some space for an editorial, like the NYTimes did with Woody Allen. But when you have a ‘journalist’ writing the article, there should be some consideration and investigation of all of the ‘facts’ instead of just submitting a PR essay.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Ok, but you asked about Wallace, so I answered that portion of your question—-I think the magazine hired him purposely because they knew that he’d go easy on Richardson.

        In regards to the periodical in question—this is NYMag we’re talking about, not The New Yorker.
        They’ve never shown a proven commitment to journalistic objectivity.

        Terry Richardson is a very connected, very prominent, and like it or not, very influential man in the world or art and celebrity. It probably benefits NYMag more to write a complimentary piece than to burn bridges.

        I don’t find it all that mysterious-just business really.

      • Godwina says:

        I think you answered your own question about click-bait. That’s my theory, too.

  2. Liv says:

    The picture is freaking me out. He looks like a school girl in it, like “I’m totally innocent”. So creepy.

    I don’t understand how people can defend him or try to explain his behavior. It’s very obvious that the allegations are true. He has to be stopped and not be praised in a magazine. Besides his pictures are not even art in my opinion. They are cheap and vulgar and porn like the wet dreams of a young boy. Not interested in that. My point is: he’s not an artist and he’s a predator.

    • Happyhat says:

      But he’s ‘fashionable’. And really, the only way he’ll be stopped is if he stops being ‘fashionable’. Unfortunately, even if he were imprisoned, I still think people would worship him in the same way people are still fawning over Michael Alig. And then when he comes out, it’ll be considered a wise career move to have your photo taken with ‘edgy’ Uncle Terry.

    • littlestar says:

      I used to think some of his photos were interesting – until I learned about the man behind them and realized many of his photos were taken through mental abuse. He is a manipulative predator and I really hope this is the start of his downfall. Jamie Peck’s rebuttal is awesome and so well written and intelligent. Good for her!

    • Denise says:

      I think the people who sympathise with him are intrigued. His behaviour taps into a dark place inside of them, whatever that may consist of.

  3. Jayna says:

    Standing ovation. Brilliant, and takes the author to task in such an intelligent way.

    • Chicagogurl says:

      Agreed! Similar to what I mentioned yesterday, I’m glad she called out his staff of “yes men” and the industry as being complicent in these acts. Smart girl!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree and I am so thrilled to read her articulate, reasonable, intelligent rebuttal. Good for her.

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    • MaiGirl says:

      She did an amazing job! It must be really liberating and empowering to have a platform and use it so effectively after being a victim of “Uncle Terry.”

  4. kri says:

    Thank you, Jamie. This man is a predator, not a bumbling moron. He is so smart, so dangerous, and so disgusting. I truly believe he has done worse than what anyone knows. As someone who was hurt by one of these monsters as a 6 year-old (unfortunately my memory is not fuzzy at all), I will never forget how I was made to feel it was my fault. I knew it wasn’t, and luckily the person was stopped. This man needs to be held accountable. Fashion Industry-STOP with him, already. And go to hell Terry Richardson.

    • Nicolette says:

      What a horrific experience for you to go through as a 6 year old, and to read that the blame was put upon you gets me twisted. You were a child, defenseless and innocent which is exactly what these creeps bank on. Whoever put that burden on you………. well it’s just beyond shameful of them. Thankfully you were/are strong enough to know the blame lies with the perpetrator and NOT the victim.

      I also believe this slime bag has done more than we know over his lifetime. I just can’t with these monsters already, and the punishment I think would be appropriate is not printable here. I only hope there is a special place reserved in hell for them.

    • Godwina says:

      All of this.

  5. Katie says:

    So gross, I can’t believe people try and defend this guy…

    • Sighs says:

      It really is repulsive. I can’t believe people still work with him.

      • Godwina says:

        I like the (admittedly tame) photos I’ve seen of his but hells to the yesss. I wouldn’t want to be associated with him in any way. That’s blood money.

  6. lana86 says:

    very well written – logical and clear.

  7. Pandy says:

    She makes really valid points – let’s hope we can keep her rebuttal in the conversation.

  8. Bridget says:

    Question: how on earth did that piece even end up being published in NY Mag, let alone with a cover? Did Terry call in every favor possible? Because there are just so many allegations, and Ms. Peck is correct: it was a ridiculously biased article that deliberately neglected to truly explore the very serious issues and accusations.

  9. Dee says:

    Good for her. Don’t back down.

    This guy whether he had a bad childhood or not, it sick and needs to be stopped. Period.

  10. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    I was just discussing Uncle Terry’s MO with my husband and he saw nothing wrong with it. I’m so disappointed that I’m married to someone that has little-to-no understanding of rape culture and how he’s perpetuating it. He says these girls are willingly engaging in sex acts to further their careers and that they’re just as complicit as Uncle Terry.
    I told him he can leave “the birds and bees” talk up to me because I don’t want to raise my sons to believe this behavior is normal and that women are objects existing only to please them. I also don’t want my daughter to feel like she has to accept such treatment.

    • Frida_K says:

      Did you ask him how he would feel if he opened up an Uncle Terry coffee table book and saw a photograph of his and your daughter (God forbid) being abused in such a fashion? Or how me might feel if there were (again, God forbid) photographs of your sons being abused? Would he think it was ok then?

      I don’t mean to be critical of your husband, but maybe if he framed it that way he would understand….?


    • Kiddo says:

      I’m surprised that he said that given that he has a daughter. Would he feel the same way if this happened to your daughter? You might want to drive it closer to home.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      That’s incredibly depressing. How can he not have any basic understanding of the power discrepancy inherent in these scenarios?

      How would he feel if one of his children was lured into a man’s van with the false promise of candy? Would he think it was his son’s fault for willingly climbing into the van?

      To be fair, I know that your husb is a victim of an abusive childhood so maybe it’s all just too close to him for him to have the necessary perspective. Still, this is very upsetting.

    • Jayna says:

      He doesn’t get that that’s true for many, but for others they went under false pretenses. They are young and he works them into it as the shoot, moving very fast, snap, snap, goes along talking to them in his Uncle Terry way, making them feel special, important, and like this is the norm. Oh, you’re shy. Here’, I’ll be naked too, snap, snap. The assistant or others, cheering on. You look great, amazing. He’s a famous fashion photorapher. It’s avant garde and all moving so fast and before you know it, you’re in sexually degrading poses and sex acts. Tell him that about the girl that it escalated to the point he came in her eye while flashing light bulbs in her face and shipped her into a car where she is shell-shocked and the assistant rides in the car with her to smooth it over telling her how amazing she was as she was obviously shocked and quiet the whole on way home. She felt physically ill. I think she threw up when she got
      home. They even follow up with a call. They know what they are doing and it is predatory and intense, second-by-second grooming behavior from a man in a professional setting, not a social setting, even if not outright rape.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        I brought up many of the points mentioned here.

        1) child luring…his response: these women are adults (not children) and are doing sexual favors in exchange for photo spreads and the promise of a lucrative modeling career. They are consenting to the act, whereas the child is not.

        2) the power dynamic..his response: they are both getting something from the exchange. He also disagreed with my assertion that the women probably felt forced to perform sex acts in order to keep the job and not get black balled in the industry.

        3) how would you feel if this were our daughter? His response….I would teach her to use her brain and not exploit her body to get work.

        He also fails to understand how this is rape. Rape to him is P in V or P in A. He only understands it to mean using physical force to sexually violate someone. He doesn’t understand the nuances of rape.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        One addendum : my husband has not seen the really graphic photos. I’ve only described them to him. When I asked if he wanted to see them he refused. So his opinion is solely based on the celeb photos he’s seen and my description of the graphic ones.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        It might be that he’s not really grasping how terrible the scenarios described by Richardson’s victims are.

        To be honest (and I’m not proud of this), I was much more cavalier about Richardson’s predatory behavior until I read the first-hand account by one of his very brave victims on one of the C/B links.
        It really drove home how horrific this man is.

      • mayamae says:

        @Mort, it’s possible even the pictures won’t convince your husband. I think most of his pics are male fantasy porn type pics. The girls are probably of age, but they are extremely thin so they look younger. The girls are always kneeling submissively to the men, and are either performing oral, or wearing the results. Men who like and look at porn, may not see the problem.

        I don’t mean to underestimate men, but when I look at the pics, I see male phantasy.

      • Jarredsgirl says:

        Mort, I think that females have a better time understanding the nuances of manipulation and abuse because they experience it. I was talking to my boyf the other day and realised that he has no idea how it feels to be ogled in that creepy way that men sometimes ogle women, you know that way that makes you feel unsafe? Men have no idea how that feels. They have no idea about the way our culture hurts women, they don’t experience it and they don’t notice it. I was in the supermarket the other day, looking at something on the shelf, and I turned around and there was a man standing there just staring at me, with this crazy smile on his face, looking at me as if I was prey – you know, in a really creepy way that I am sure “uncle terry” looks at his victims. I felt so unsafe and afraid. I turned to my boyfriend, who was also looking at me, and asked if he had noticed. Nope…. ugh. Then he said, “maybe he thought you were someone else”. Guys just don’t get it… It is very depressing and annoying and I hope in the future to find a husband who understands the plight of a woman… Sorry that you don’t have that. You should keep working on him – maybe this Terry situation is not the best one to start with and there are other situations you could use to explain to him?

        I actually think the world might be moving backwards. The more I learn, the more unequal I feel in this society, though I started out feeling quite equal *Sigh*

    • Magoo says:

      Casting couches are as old as couches. People trade favors and it’s not illegal. To cross the line he would have to mess up the consent by using minors, supplying drugs, or forcing the models to do something they voiced an objection to. No one has stepped forward to claim any of that yet, so Uncle Terry is still roaming free. It could be a workplace harassment issue if he were abusing his own assistant (an employee), but models are independent contractors. I think what he’s doing is terrible, but the fact that nothing has been done to stop him highlights how no one is responsible for these models. These relationships are ripe for abuse.

    • eva k says:

      Unfortunately, I remember as a teenage/early 20′s young woman finding myself in a situation or two similar to these women with “Uncle Terry”, and not really having the self confidence to assert myself and say no, even though I was uncomfortable, and even being afraid of “being rude” (believe it or not, because I was raised as a typical Southern girl) or offending my older, manipulative, cunning abuser. As a young woman, I just wasn’t taught how to deal with these kind of encounters (and never even thought it was something I needed to be prepared for!). Then afterwards feeling ashamed and regretting the whole thing, but being told it was my fault for either doing or not doing whatever anyone else thought I should have done or not done. So the blame went entirely on me. So while it’s true that it “seems” as if these young women willingly participated, many young women just aren’t taught to assert themselves when they are uncomfortable with something. I think T.R. counts on that and takes advantage of the situation. Mothers and Fathers, prepare your girls for things like this and teach them how to assert themselves when they are uncomfortable, and not to be afraid to be loud and rude to anyone who would make them feel this way!

      • Jarredsgirl says:

        I agree with you. Growing up, my mother’s catchphrase was “don’t make a scene”. Oh, and if someone yells at you, you probably deserved it and you should have a good hard look at yourself…. t’s really not the way to raise a child, particularly a girl. There are already so many unfair dynamics that a girl has to learn to navigate, it’s so important to instil in her a sense of assertiveness and strength to stand up for herself. Women and particularly girls need to be able to protect themselves. Sometimes you have to ask yourself, ‘why is ok for this person to make me feel so uncomfortable yet i am not allowed to do the same to them?’ I’m not allowed to say no, scream or yell or leave, because that would be rude, but he is allowed to ejaculate on my face? It’s crazy when you think of it like that. But that really is the way that many women are raised. Sorry about your experience, eva k

      • Ennie says:

        Late to the party, but I agree very much with you. I was raised to be like that. I was somehow abused when I went to donate some blood, by the person /male nurse that was in charge… I wa afraid of speaking up! I was uncomfortable, but stupidly silent… while my brother was in the next room. I was so ashamed that I kept it quiet. The man was fired one or 2 years later, I could have done something before, but I only thought of my shame…

        I bang my head now and cannot explain what happened. Beforehand would think of myself as intelligent, but I surely was not mature or outspoken enough to assert myself.

        Predators have a finely tuned radar to detect these insecurities. They are experts on this. Uncle Terry preys on these unsuspecting women, it is obvious that professional porn models/actresses are not enough of a thrill to him. HE wants regular next door fresh meat for his shoots. HE would probably be a flasher if he weren’t a recognized “artist”.

        Saying that if the models did not like “jobs” like his, well, then do not do them again. That is such a low, low thing. HE already abused, got his ****** on them. The assistants, they also are pigs. (no offense to pigs).

    • Godwina says:

      Wow, I’m so sorry to hear this–that’s not fun or easy. Hopefully your hubs will come around.

  11. Abbott says:

    That NYMag cover is yet another reason why victims sometimes don’t speak out.

    • Snazzy says:

      ^^ This!

    • Godwina says:


    • hoopjumper says:

      Honest question: can you point to parts of the articles that you felt victim blamed? I thought the article made Terry (and his assistants, esp Bolotow) seem like they deserved every bad thing that was being said. I read the paragraphs on his childhood as being background, perhaps even suggestive of why he has such issues with women…? There was the part about Peck having to haircuts, which she had no explanation for, but even that confused me because her story was very clear that there was more than one shoot, so why wouldn’t there be two haircuts?

      I dunno, as someone who clicked on the article already believing Richardson was a predator, the article seemed to confirm that entirely. What did I miss?

      • Jarredsgirl says:

        I think it was the tone of the article. It kind of portrayed Terry as a victim. “Oh he had a rough childhood”. That excuse doesn’t fly in court with convicted criminals, in fact many would say it makes you even more likely to go to prison – but Terry is rich and “celebrated” so it is supposed to make us feel sorry for him. The whole teddy bear thing – trivializes the idea that he likes to make his victims look like children etc

      • hoopjumper says:

        @jarredsgirl fair enough. God, he is just gross.

  12. frisbeejada says:

    Well written, intelligent comments about an ‘on the loose’ psychopath. She’s right, he is being enabled and he will continue to be enabled as long as people buy the magazines he works for. Thank god for the Internet, for all the problems it means that the likes of this piece of s**t does not have free reign to continue his vile activities in secrecy, sheltering behind his victims fear. We will continue to talk about him and eventually the truth of this b*****d will catch up with him. He may be able to silence his traumatised victims but he and his PR team can’t silence all of us forever.

  13. lucy2 says:

    Lots of people have bad childhoods. That doesn’t excuse crimes they commit – if that were the case you might as well open to doors to supermax prisons, because I’m guessing most of those people didn’t grow up in the Brady Bunch.
    He is a predator. His occupation as an “artist” has nothing to do with that, and it’s disgusting that NY Mag tried to make that OK.
    The “fuzzy memory” stuff makes me think about some comments people made on this site a while ago – is he drugging these poor women? The fact that several of his victims have mentioned that is highly suspicious.

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      He may have drugged them or it may have been memory loss from trauma. I was sexually abused from ages 7-8 and I remember very little of my childhood.

      The other day my mom was laying on the guilt about all the wonderful things she did for me as a child that I can’t remember. She was speaking as though I was unappreciative because I couldn’t remember all her good deeds. So I freaked the hell out and told her that the therapist had determined I couldn’t remember most of my childhood because of the abuse I suffered. I’m not sure she gets it, but I’m sick of hearing all of the wonderful things I’m supposed to remember and the idea that all those great things should somehow negate the abuse.

      • lucy2 says:

        So sorry to hear you went through that.
        Just my guess based on what you said, but it sounds like your mom feels really guilty she couldn’t protect you, and is trying to convince herself she was a good mom, more so than she’s even trying to convince you, and isn’t thinking how it makes you feel to hear that. I hope things get better with her, and am glad you have a good therapist.
        Definitely the memory loss from trauma could be happening in the TR cases. All of the accounts sound so similar though in the way the victims experienced it and remember it, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to find out he’s somehow giving them sedatives or something.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        Thank you Lucy, and you’re right, my mom wants to convince herself she was a great mother. I never blamed her for the abuse. She thought she was leaving me with someone safe, but I do resent her for making things about her. My lack of memories have nothing to do with her. she needs to stop making it about her own fragile ego and let it go. I vividly remember what happened to me on several occasions but have blocked out years of my childhood. I’m unsure if I was being abused then or if my brain was just getting rid of chunks of memory associated with the time of abuse or things that reminded me of the abuse. It’s not something the medical community seems to know much about.

      • mayamae says:

        @Mort, I hear you. I wasn’t abused, but I raised my cousin’s child who was a victim of chronic incest. I’m not excusing your mother, but my cousin’s mother definitely bends over backward to paint herself as the innocent person. What’s the alternative? To accept that you left your child with a predator. I can’t imagine the guilt. If your mother only knew what to say to make you feel better ……… I hope she would say it. You’re not alone. My cousin took part in a support group that really helped her.

      • Jarredsgirl says:

        Mort I think your mum needs to feel guilty. She obviously does already but she is denying it, trying to reframe it. She just needs to wallow in her guilt for a bit and accept the feeling of failure, it can’t last forever. Maybe then she would be able to understand her daughter a bit better. Not to say that she deserves guilt – I dont know the situation, but from what you’ve said, it wasn’t her fault. It was the abuser’s fault – but it sounds like she is alienating you a little bit by making you feel guilty for not remembering happy times and it sound like she is doing that because she feels guilty. So rather than run away from the feeling, embrace it and it will go away. Do you know what I mean? She needs to come through to the other side and realise that she has no more reason to feel guilty about this than you do (and just so its clear – you should not feel guilt. But you probably do anyway because that is the nature of the situation).

  14. Emma - the JP Lover says:

    Well said, Jamie!

  15. FingerBinger says:

    The backlash against New Magazine was inevitable. They tried to make Terry Richardson seem like a misunderstood artiste. The photo on the cover tries to make him look harmless and cuddly,but it has had the opposite effect.

    • Nicolette says:

      Good, there should be a backlash. As far as I’m concerned the entertainment and fashion industries should be turned on their heads already. It’s time for all the depravity to come out into the open and the offenders to be brought before the criminal justice system. He’s far from being the only one, and the directors, producers, writers, photographers, agents etc. who take advantage of children, young women and men hoping to fulfill their dreams should be prosecuted. And the parents of the children who turn their heads and ignore what is being done to their innocents should be held accountable as well. Why this is allowed to continue I don’t understand.

      • Jarredsgirl says:

        It’s allowed to continue because we don’t have actual names of perps, victims willing to take a stand in court etc. I mean aside from Terry and the girls who have come forward – but nobody who CAN take actions HAS taken action in the “RIGHT” way. Calling someone out through a magazine is one way to handle things, but if you are really hoping for a jail sentence then the only way to do it is through the courts. Unfortunately because this has played out so publicly, if Terry did go to trial, it would be likely that he would be unable to receive a fair trial because it has already played out in the public domain. How would you find a juror that could be unbiased? He would probably walk free. Not only that, but odds are not in the female victims favour in a court room. The world is designed for the benefit of rich white men.

  16. aquarius64 says:

    I’m glad Jamie is fighting back. Uncle Terry must be really be scared that he will lose his standing in Hollywood, especially if criminal charges are filed.

    • darkdove says:

      it would be a good thing if he was kicked out and lost his standing in Hollywood but unfortunaly this people get away with too much because they are Men look at Polansky and Woody Allen still getting praised they are disgusting and hardly anybody cares.

  17. lower-case deb says:

    if he is truly traumatized by his childhood and has a sort of mental illness (okay not saying this in a derogatory way), like any illness it needs to be “cured” or “managed”. not let loose in society like the bloody plague.

    gross gross.
    and the Terrynablers and the Terrypologists need to go away and lock themselves up in a place where they can’t do even more damage.

    also to the writer, editor, and NY Mag, i don’t understand their aim. if they want to do reverse psychology, this is really not the smartest thing. giving soooo much column inches AND a cover? way to go in sending messages to the victims that they don’t matter.

    Terry hardly needs a platform to stand on. whatabout giving the column inch and voice to the victims, eh?

  18. @Biting Panda says:

    I couldn’t even bring myself to read the NYMag article. I hope more people start speaking up about their experience with him and I hope that the purchasing/clicking public use their voices in the only way they can, that is to say, monetarily. #BoycottMagsThatUseTerryRichardson

  19. Lindy79 says:

    Am I reading this correctly? The author of this bullsh-t article, sent the pictures she was featured in, to her, talked to her about it and still wrote this piece of sh-t?? Jesus effing Christ.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I can’t believe it, either. I’d like to slap his face on behalf of every women who has been the victim of a sexual predator. Bastard.

    • MaiGirl says:

      Really, he is a douche canoe if the highest order. I could not believe what I was reading! Who does something like that? In my wildest nightmares I couldn’t be that kind of person. Isn’t that kind of thing harassment of some type? Seems like there should be some type of recourse for this.

  20. decorative item says:

    I’m so excited this victim has such a strong voice and is high profile enough for everyone to hear it. Terry is so typical of these types, and I’m sure he believes his own bullshit.

    • cad says:

      Yes. The NY Mag article (the excerpts I could bring myself to read) made me so angry because of its apologist tone towards a predator who deserves neither sympathy nor tolerance. Thank god one of his victims has the strength and fluency of voice to rebut so well. More power to her.

      • J.Mo says:

        He’ll keep on until he crosses the line with someone like his friend’s fiancee, Jennifer Aniston. Of course, that won’t happen because he wouldn’t chance it with someone of equal or higher professional power to himself.

  21. roxy750 says:

    If it looks like garbage and smells like garbage IT IS GARBAGE….or durian. Either way it’s bad.

  22. Mrs. Darcy says:

    It says a lot that his victim is able to present a round, rational argument that outstrips the New York piece on every level and exposes it for the amateurish whitewash it is so completely. Bravo Jamie Peck, the strength of your voice and others are the only thing that are going to take this creep down. Shame on New York magazine for contributing to the circus of denial that surrounds this horrible little toad.

  23. Sam says:

    Ah, god. I’m an attorney, so I have seen stuff like this many times. Listen, a lot of predators have really screwed up childhoods. If the things that Terry Richardson says happened, then I can feel bad for him as a child. Nobody should have to deal with that stuff.

    That being said – the article seemed to suggest that because of these things, Terry just can’t help himself now. That his victims (and yes, they are his victims) should try to understand and see it from his perspective. I have seen so many victims told that they should “feel” for their attackers and that they should try to see it from another side. Bullshit. None of the women have any duty or obligation to try to empathize with Terry. If his upbringing really did do a number on him, the duty belongs to Terry – to take responsibility and deal with his issues. Or, at the very least, find people who are like him so he can engage his “preferences” with consenting people. The article seemed to be reaching to make excuses for him, and that was disturbing. I get that a journalist needs to cover both sides, but it felt like it was an homage to the perp.

    • starfan says:

      Great point. The pervert is pretty much saying “this is who I am, it’s not illegal so take it & like it or leave”. He has power, a platform & famous friends so I guess the creep feels invincible. I think people like Terry & Woody Allen love to rub it in the publics face (no pun intended).

  24. Evi says:

    The fashion industry is filled with people like Richardson.
    In the 80s, it was model agent John Casablancas that was controversial, as he’d have affairs with young models. But it’s always passed off as some type of normal thing, when it’s not, not when girls are groomed or they are somewhat manipulated, i.e. their career held to ransom by perverts.

  25. Jaded says:

    I’m disgusted at the number of people who are apologists for, and continue to defend TR. However there are enough people out there, including the brave victims who decided to go public, who will build a groundswell of attention about this monster and somehow curtail his horrific practices which he practices under the guise of “art”.

    Listen up Justin Theroux, Jennifer Anniston, Jared Leto, Miley Cyrus, Leah Michelle, and the countless others who think it’s cool to hang with this monster. OPEN YOUR EYES. Listen up all you fashion mags who continue to hire him for photo shoots – STOP HIRING HIM. He’s a monster and deliberately lures models hungry for work into his web like an evil spider.

    Finally, NY magazine should be black-listed for its whitewash of a very serious problem involving a very sick, predatory individual. He calls it art, I call it sexual predation.

    • Sam says:

      Frankly, I wish more people would call out celebs who support Richardson. The only one I can think of who legitimately apologized for her association with him and has stuck by it is Lena Dunham. The rest of them just keep doing it. Frankly, nothing is going to change until people start to see Richardson as a liability. If being seen with him, or photographed by him, can adversely impact your career, then frankly, that’s when you will see his stock fall.

      I have to say though, it is depressing how many people have openly associated with him. Beyonce got him to direct a video for her, Taylor Swift did, Miley Cyrus did, etc. I’ve reached the point where I won’t buy music or clothes from those who I know associate with him (especially those who do now, when the accusations are known and easy to find). Will it make a huge difference? No. But it makes me feel better.

    • Mikeyangel says:

      Barack Obama, Beyonce, don’t forget them.

    • Jarredsgirl says:

      I agree. I think it is also pertinent to say that sexual abuse is an EXTREMELY widespread issue – much, much, much more common than most people are willing to acknowledge. It happens in a lot of families, between husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, dads, daughters, sons, mothers etc. It’s not just creeps like Terry that you have to watch out for. I remember in high school talking to the other girls in my class and every single one of them – maybe bar 1 or 2, had been sexually abused in some way, either by a family member, friend, boyfriend, or an authority figure. It is SO widespread and it’s shocking that more people aren’t upset about it. Maybe there is an element of “well it happens to every girl?” that people begin to stop caring? I don’t know. This is a sexual/gender crisis, if you ask me.

      Mikeyangel, I was DISGUSTED when I saw Obama posing for Terry. Terry made Obama look like a rapist, somehow. The whole thing looked SKEEZY.

  26. Hideyocomments says:

    Richardson is in the exact industry and position to practice his evil ways without impunity, and he knows it. However, it amazes me that no one calls out the porno-inclinations of this “artiste” as a SCREAMING RED FLAG! Doesn’t his very choice to depict his subjects in such a manner not suggest that there is something sick and weird about him already? It simply boggles my mind that as a group, the entertainment business, and fairly big players in it, have turned a blind eye to his inappropriate antics as a photographer, and clearly act as enablers now that accusations are flying and building in momentum. WTF!

    We have known for decades that the entertainment business is full of exploitation and abuse. That Uncle Terry has had a steady stream of vulnerable wannabees desperate for success is not surprising. But it is sadly sickening that their stories are being dismissed as an occupational hazard. That they must have asked for it, or at least should shut up because that’s how things get done in this town.

    I guess the best thing that can happen now is that the accusers stand strong in the hope that if they save one girl, just one, from losing her dignity and her esteem for a shot at stardom, then they have done the world a very mighty service.

  27. Ginger says:

    An extremely intelligent and thought provoking response from Ms. Peck. As a fellow victim of abuse I’m proud that she is taking a stand. People like the author of this article should really ask themselves…what if Ms. Peck were your daughter, sister or mother? Would you still feel the same way about Terry’s behavior then? I highly doubt you would be so non chalant about it if it were to hit closer to home. Good journalism is unbiased as was Ms Pecks response. Not so Mr. Wallace’s original pro Terry piece.

  28. Michelle says:

    NY Mag also called V. Stiviano a HERO. So there’s that. NY Mag is trash.

  29. BleedingHeartLibra says:

    That man is a disgusting pig who should be locked up so he can’t hurt anyone else.

  30. Sarah says:

    liberals #waronwomen

  31. starfan says:

    This disgusting pig needs a Karmic intervention soon. His mentality is exactly of an abuser. The media goes after actresses or women in general for minor things but continually support molesters & abusers. Giving this filth the platform to defend himself & calling it “art” is normalizing predatory behaviour.

  32. nicegirl says:

    I cannot bring myself to read all of the comments on this article just now, because I am afraid it will send me into a depressive tailspin, and that I cannot afford . . .

    HOWEVER, I do feel the need to shout out that I AM A BIG JAMIE PECK FAN GIRL!!! Thank you, Jamie. Keep shouting it from the rooftops!

  33. Reindeer says:

    I was sent by my modeling agency to a shoot 3 years back with this pervert. I still have a hard time talking about my experience, and it makes me sick to my stomach. But I wanted to let all of you know that I lived through it, got the follow-up calls… its very upsetting that he is still so celebrated. But I thank God that people are starting to see the light.

    • Godwina says:

      +1. Revolting. Part of the problem is that too many people only see or know about his celeb shoots, not the whole other portfolio using anonymous models. So these people don’t “see the issue” because all they know is James Franco in a restaurant or Lindsey Lohan on a sidewalk. It’s great that more and more people are speaking up about their horrible experiences (hard as that must be) to wake people the hell up. :(

    • nicegirl says:

      Peace to you, Reindeer. And thank you for sharing that you have met this character personally and that he is as monstrous as we have heard.

    • Denise says:

      Reindeer – I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m glad you’re ok. He will get his. And I think the agents who send women like you to him should be named and shamed.

  34. Godwina says:

    “NYMag acts like “artist” and “predator” are mutually exclusive terms. As if Terry can only be one or the other.”

    This a million times. I’m one of those awful people who actually likes the man’s photos (the celebs when they’re clothed, anyway–I don’t really want to see the scarier stuff and haven’t). I dig the starkness to them. But no way does that exonerate or excuse or make him less of a slime. FFS he can take those same photos without creeping, groping and god knows what else worse on his subjects. Go Jamie Peck. Publishing is power and I’m glad you’re on it.

  35. I Choose Me says:

    Amazing rebuttal by Jamie Peck. This gives me hope that sicko’s power and influence will continue to be eroded and that he will someday land in jail where he belongs.

  36. ds says:

    First time I heard about him was on a TV talk show that had modeling for a subject, a young 16 and 14 yo’s were telling why their parents were still around… those were some pretty successful young models wearing Haute couture and doing high fashion adds. And one of them said that the only thing she would never, ever do was pose for Terry Richardson. I don’t remember the back story but she said something like how he told her to take off her top during something that was supposed to be just a casting shoot, and she turned him down, saying that at that point she realized that any job that would require a 17 yo to take her top off just for casting wasn’t worthy of her. And she was totally right.

  37. Liz says:

    I’m so excited that the Washington Post has published an article titled: “Are the two most notorious men in fashion finally getting their comeuppance?”. It’s about Dov Charney, CEO of American Apparel who was just fired for (sexual) misconduct and the possible take down of sexual deviant Terry Richardson. They’re listening!!!!!! I suspect that now that mainstream media is covering these scumbags they’ll disappear.

  38. Jayna says:

    Gaga’s music video of Do What You Want, ft’g R. Kelly and photographed and directed by our favorite photographer on here, Terry Richardson, has had a snippet released by Gaga’s own people it was acknowledged on a fan site. And Terry even gets his mug on there shooting her. What, is he the star too? Shoot him shooting him. LOL What an ego.

    She never released it last December because of the backlash. Paid Six reported at the time, “A source tells Page Six, “Gaga had a video directed by an alleged sexual predator, starring another sexual predator. With the theme, ‘I’m going to do whatever I want with your body’? It was literally an ad for rape.”

    It seems like she is gearing up to release it anyway now and building the hype for it by releasing this 35-second snippet.. Disappointing is the only word I have to say regarding Gaga. Here’s the snippet her people have released to TMZ.


  39. Denise says:

    Jamie if you’re reading this, my heart has swelled with admiration for you. You’re brilliant, strong and brave.

  40. alexandra says:

    He has made himself believe that because these women are not underage they are consenting willing adults. Most children that are sexually abused systematically they become consenting to their abusers, because that would end the trauma faster. And the law would still find the abusers guilty, but because these girls were adults it is considered consenting. I hope that creep goes to jail.