Photographer Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Model Emily Ratajkowski
Photographer Jonathan Leder accused of sexually assaulting and harassing Model Emily Ratajkowski in 2012.
Emily Ratajkowski is a model and actress. She accused photographer Jonathan Leder as he sexually assaulted at his home during a photoshoot in 2012. Also, Leder denies the accusation.
In 2016, Leder published those photos in a book without Emily’s consent. He also denied this fact.
Emily Wrote A Piece In A Magazine About Her Assault
On Tuesday, Ratajkowski wrote an essay in the New York magazine about the incident. The title of the piece was Buying Myself Back: When Does a Model Own Her Own Image? She mentioned everything that she recalls. Emily said that her then-agent took her to Leder’s flat for an unpaid photoshoot for a magazine named ‘Darius’. She was required to stay there for that night.
Emily said that when Leder picked her from the bus stop, he “never looked at me directly”. “The more disinterested he seemed,” she says, “the more I wanted to prove myself worthy of his attention. I knew that impressing these photographers was an important part of building a good reputation.”
When she reached Leder’s house, she was greeted by children and then later a female makeup artist. This made her relieved. But she was surprised to discover that the photo shoot would be a lingerie one.
“When he laid out old-fashioned lingerie on a kitchen chair, I began to grasp what type of girl he wanted me to be,” she writes. “My agent hadn’t mentioned that the shoot would be lingerie, but I wasn’t concerned; I’d done countless lingerie shoots before.”
Leder also offered her a glass of red wine which she accepted to pretend professional.
“I’d been taught that it was important to earn a reputation as hardworking and easygoing,” she says. “‘You never know who you are going to be shooting for next!’ my agent would remind me.”
After the lingerie shoot, Leder asked Emily for a naked shoot. Then she dropped off her clothes, and she felt very uneasy. Right after the shoot, they were looking at the photographs when the makeup artist left. As soon as the makeup artist left, Emily felt more uncomfortable.
Then Leder sexually assaulted her.
Leder Marks The Allegations As ‘False’
Years later, in 2016, Leder published the photos without Emily’s consent. Leder denied the fact. Imperial Magazine claimed that Emily made false allegations as she couldn’t stop Leder from publishing the book.
New York magazine quotes Leder as saying that Ratajkowski’s allegations are tawdry and childish to respond to.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Leder said that Emily’s claims and allegations were “totally false”.