Terry Richardson sex assault claims under investigation by NYPD

Photographer Terry Richardson is the focus of a new investigation by the NYPD's Special Victims Squad, the Daily News has learned.

Multiple women confirmed Tuesday that investigators from the elite unit have reached out in recent weeks, asking for sit-down meetings regarding the lurid lensman.

The development follows a Dec. 15 cover story in The News detailing new allegations of sexual assault against the 52-year-old former fashion industry star who's shot everyone from Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus to President Obama.

Ex-model Caron Bernstein stepped forward in the piece with claims Richardson invited her to collaborate on an edgy, topless photo shoot at his Manhattan studio in 2003 and ambushed her with a sex assault.

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Model Jessica Stam (L) and photographer Terry Richardson arrive at the Berlin Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 in Berlin, July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: FASHION) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Model Lily Cole (L-R), photographer Terry Richardson, Pirelli President Marco Tronchetti Provera and model Meloes Horst pose for photographers during a presentation of the 2010 Pirelli calendar in London November 19, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN ENTERTAINMENT)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Terry Richardson is seen attending Marc Jacobs during New York Fashion Week wearing a graphic tshirt on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08: Jared Leto (R) and Terry Richardson are seen out in Soho on September 08, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Terry Richardson (R) and guest attend the Jeremy Scott Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Spring Studios on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Alex Bolotow and Terry Richardson are seen in Soho on June 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Valentino CEO Stefano Sassi, Terry Richardson and Alex Bolotow attend the Valentino Resort 2018 Runway Show - After Party on May 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage,)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Photographer Terry Richardson and WSJ Magazine Editor In Chief Kristina O'Neill attends the WSJ Magazine 2016 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine Innovators Awards)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Carine Roitfeld (L) and photographer Terry Richardson attend Brandon Maxwell Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week at Monkey Bar on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 03: Jared Leto, Kanye West and Terry Richardson attend the Vogue 95th Anniversary Party on October 3, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Vogue)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Terry Richardson and Jared Leto are seen in soho on May 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Terry Richardson and Jared Leto attend Art Exibibition At Galerie Perrotin as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2015/2016 on March 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: Actor Jared Leto, Terry Richardson, Emmanuelle Alt and Xavier Romatet attend the Miu Miu show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on March 5, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Terry Richardson and Rita Ora attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF14/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Musician Lady Gaga (L) and photographer Terry Richardson attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/VF14/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Terry Richardson and Annie Leibovitz attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF14/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Model Gisele B�ndchen and Terry Richardson attend the WSJ. Magazine's 'Innovator Of The Year' Awards 2013 at The Museum of Modern Art on November 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 10: (L-R) Photographer Terry Richardson, Ralph Lauren and Editor-in-Chief of 'VOGUE' FRANCE Emmanuelle Alt are seen leaving the 'Bristol' hotel on October 10, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton and photographer Terry Richardson attend the Jeremy Scott show during Spring 2014 MADE Fashion Week at Milk Studios on September 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Photographer Terry Richardson and actress Kat Graham attend the Jeremy Scott show during Spring 2014 MADE Fashion Week at Milk Studios on September 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Photographer Terry Richardson (L) and designer Michael Kors backstage at the Michael Kors fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Photographer Terry Richardson (L) and musician Kanye West attend the Alexander Wang show during Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Pier 94 on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Fashion designer Charlotte Ronson and photographer Terry Richardson attend the 10th anniversary party of Billionaire Boys Club presented by HTC at Tribeca Canvas on June 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Made With Elastic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: (L-R) Leigh Lezark, Terry Richardson and Kat Graham attend Jeremy Scott during Fall 2013 MADE Fashion Week at Milk Studios on February 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/WireImage)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 07: Photographer Terry Richardson and Kelly Osbourne attend the OHWOW & HTC celebration of the release of 'TERRYWOOD' at The Standard Hotel & Spa on December 7, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for HTC)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 07: Photographer Terry Richardson and Stacy Keibler attend the OHWOW & HTC celebration of the release of 'TERRYWOOD' at The Standard Hotel & Spa on December 7, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for HTC)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Model Jessica Stam (L) and Terry Richardson unveil the Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz 'Fashion Hot Spot' at The Tent at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 17: Kate Moss and Terry Richardson attend the Mango new collection launch at Centre Pompidou on May 17, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images)
(L-R) Model Karen Elson and Terry Richardson attend the Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Collection at N.Y. State Armory on February 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Marc Jacobs)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - FEBRUARY 18: Justin Timberlake and Terry Richardson attend PARIS 68 Fall 2010 Collection by MARCELLA LINDEBERG at Milk Studios on February 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by JONATHON ZIEGLER /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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Bernstein, 47, said Richardson exposed himself without warning, forced her to perform oral sex on him.

She told The News a special victims detective called her last month and set up ameeting for this week.

Former model Lindsay Jones confirmed she also received a similar call from a sex crimes detective. She plans to sit to be interviewed when she returns from an overseas trip, she said.

Jones went public with a harrowing claim against Richardson in a Dec. 14 HuffPost piece.

She retold the story to The News, claiming Richardson lured her to his studio in 2007 or 2008 with the promise of discussing a possible shoot over coffee.

She said seconds after he closed the door behind her, he caught her off-guard with a demand she get on her knees. She said he exposed himself and started jabbing his penis in her face. She complied with his demands out of fear, she said.

“I was afraid and confused and hoping to get it over with. I left there feeling like human garbage,” she told The News. “He thought I was disposable.”

A representative with Model Alliance further confirmed Tuesday that the advocacy group was contacted by police and is participating in an investigation.

A detective involved in the Richardson probe did not respond to a request for comment. An NYPD spokesman did not return a request for comment.

Richardson has consistently argued all his sexual interactions with models were consensual.

He vehemently denied assaulting Bernstein in a statement issued by his lawyer.

His attorney, Brad D. Rose, previously showed The News a series of photographs shot by Richardson that depicted semen on Bernstein's breasts. The images did not show her face.

“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,” Rose told The News.

Bernstein called it “ludicrous” to suggest she willingly agreed to perform oral sex on Richardson.

“I didn't know this man from Adam. I would never walk in somewhere and agree to a sex act with a stranger. I've never done that in my entire life. Never in a million years,” she told The News last month.

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