After years and years of allegations and hints and Law & Order episodes implying that Terry Richardson is a class-A creep, the New York Daily News says that the NYPD’s Special Victim’s Squad is currently conducting an investigation against him. “Okay, but what took so long,” thought anyone familiar with Uncle Terry.
Multiple women have confirmed to the Daily News that investigators from the SVS have recently contacted them to talk about Terry. This investigation comes after a story was published last month in which former model Caron Bernstein accused Terry of forcing his penis in her mouth and finishing on her chest during a photo shoot in NYC in 2003. Caron said that none of what happened was consensual. One of the photos (with her face cropped out) made it into his 2004 book TERRYWORLD. Terry’s lawyer released this statement about Caron’s allegations:
“Ms. Bernstein knowingly and willingly posed for these photographs and at all times prior to and during the shoot, any contact she had with Mr. Richardson was consensual.”
It looks like a denial from a lawyer isn’t going to make this situation disappear so easily. Caron tells the Daily News that a detective from the NYPD called her up last month and arranged a meeting this week. And she’s not the only one. Former model Lindsay Jones tells the Daily News that she too received a call after she came forward with her own allegations.
Last month, Lindsay told the Huffington Post that in 2007 or 2008, Terry demanded she get on her knees and shoved his penis in her face during a meeting in his studio. A rep from the advocacy group Model Alliance told the Daily News yesterday that they’ve been contacted by police and are actively participating in the investigation.
There are varying statues of limitations on sexual assault in NYC, so it’s not known if the NYPD could prosecute the allegations made by Caron or Lindsay against Terry.
Neither Terry nor his lawyer have said anything about the NYDP’s investigation. The fashion world hasn’t yet said a peep about Terry. But that’s not counting the collective sigh of relief that was no doubt released from all the magazines who dumped him last year. I suppose if this sexual assault investigation news is bumming Terry out, he could call up one of his many famous friends and ask to cry on their shoulder. Although who wants to run that risk. “Terry, please tell me that liquid on my shoulder came from your eyes.”