Meet Benjamine Bowers. He’s a male model who’s suing Abercrombie & Fitch and modeling agent Brian Hilburn for pulling some Terry Richardson shit and making him strip naked and masturbate for a photo shoot.
The lawsuit claims that during a shoot in Jackson, Mississippi, on June 17, 2011, Hilburn told Bowers to look relaxed. When Bowers’ Blue Steel wasn’t enough, Hilburn suggested a more Method approach: try stripping naked and masturbating to orgasm, which is a perfectly normal and not-at-all-exploitative method for agents to get models to relax. Hilburn allegedly told Bowers he needed to capture his post-orgasm expression, and Bowers “was a trouper and took matters into his own hands.”
Perhaps Bowers suspected he was getting creeped on while masturbating for the guy who hired him, but he didn’t let on — until Hilburn took out his own penis and began to gab about their different sizes. Then it sunk in. “Benjamine feels used,” writes TMZ, “and believes the photos were never intended to help his career … but just to give Hilburn a cheap thrill.”
He’s now suing Hilburn and A&F for $1 million.[TMZ, Above the Law]
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