Patrick Demarchelier, Diana’s photographer, accused of assault

 

Patrick Demarchelier, the photographer best known for the famous photo of Princess Diana in a strapless gown and tiara, has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women.

Demarchelier was named by six models and a former assistant in a Boston Globe exposé about the fashion industry, which also named sylists, directors and agents.

The 74-year-old photographer’s former assistant claims he began harassing her when she was 19. Eventually, she told the Globe, she submitted to him, fearing professional repercussions.

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“It hurts my heart so much to think of how many girls, many my own daughter’s age who have had to fend off or give in to his advances because I didn’t speak up at the time,” she wrote in an email to a modeling group.

“I remember many test shoots with teenage girls where Patrick’s team of assistants (including me) was dismissed for the day only to find naked photos of the girl in the darkroom the next day.”

Six other women accused him of assault and harassment, including groping. One claimed her offered to make her famous if she allowed him to perform a sex act on her; she declined twice.

Demarchelier denied the accusations, telling the Globe that the models “get frustrated if they don’t work.”

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GIBRALTAR- AUGUST 01: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a Donald Campbell dress, leave for their honeymoon cruise on the Royal Yacht Britannia on August 01, 1981 in Gibraltar. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
The Prince and Princess of Wales leave Gibraltar on the Royal Yacht Britannia for their honeymoon cruise, 1st August 1981. The Princess wears a Donald Campbell dress. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
BALMORAL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 19: The Prince And Princess Of Wales On Their Honeymoon In Balmoral, Scotland (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
BALMORAL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 19: Prince Charles With His Arm Around Princess Diana As They Sit On A Style During Their Honeymoon At Balmoral In Scotland.the Princess Is Wearing A Suit Designed By Bill Pashley With A Pair Of Shoes By The Chelsea Cobbler. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
15th June 1983: Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, (1961 - 1997) on holiday in Nova Scotia. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
FRANCE - UNDATED: Princess Diana, Princess of Wales poses in a bikini whilst on holiday in the South of France. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
VIRGIN ISLANDS - UNDATED: Princess Diana, Princess of Wales enjoys a swim in the Virgin Islands. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
FRANCE: The Princess of Wales enjoys a swim in the South of France. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 1986: Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing red ski gear and a red and white head band, enjoys a skiing holiday in Klosters, Switzerland in February 1986. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
(From left to Right) Prince Charles, Princess Diana, The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and The Duke of York Prince Andrew posing for photographers on their skiing holiday at the Swiss resort of Klosters. Wednesday 17th February 1987. (Photo by Kent Gavin/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 17: The Duchess Of York (sarah Ferguson) And Princess Diana Having Fun On Holiday In Klosters. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Members of the British Royal Family on a ski holiday, (L-R) Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Princess Diana and the Duchess of York, in Grisons, Switzerland, February 17th 1987. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Princess Diana on a ski holiday in Klosters, Switzerland, February 6th 1986. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing red ski gear and a red and white head band, enjoys a skiing holiday on February 06, 1986 in Klosters, Switzerland. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
MAJORCA-AUGUST 10: (FILE PHOTO) Princess Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince William and Prince Harry on holiday in Majorca, Spain on August 10, 1987. Also present were the Spanish Royal Family and the Prince of Wales. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
MAJORCA, SPAIN - AUGUST 08: Prince Charles And Princess Diana With Prince William And Prince Harry On Holiday In Majorca. Also Present Are Queen Sofia Of Spain And Infanta Elena. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
PALMA, SPAIN - AUGUST 10: Diana, Princess of Wales poses with Queen Sofia of Spain during a summer holiday in Majorca on August 10, 1987 in Palma, Spain. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Princess Diana (1961 - 1997, left) with the Duchess of York during a skiing holiday in Klosters, Switzerland, 9th March 1988. (Photo by James Andanson/Sygma via Getty Images)
Left to right: the Duchess of York, Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) and Prince Charles during a skiing holiday in Klosters, Switzerland, 9th March 1988. (Photo by James Andanson/Sygma via Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - JANUARY 9: Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince Harry on holiday on Necker Island , on January 9, 1989 in Necker Island, British Virgin Islands. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - JANUARY 9: Diana, Princess of Wales, on holiday on Necker Island , on January 9, 1989 in Necker Island, British Virgin Islands. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - JANUARY 9: Diana, Princess of Wales, on Necker Island , on January 9, 1989 in Necker Island, British Virgin Islands. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - JANUARY 9: Diana, Princess of Wales, on Holiday on Necker Island , on January 9, 1989 in Necker Island, British Virgin Islands. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND - APRIL 11: Princess Diana In Leopardskin Swimming Costume And Sarong On Holiday In Necker Island In The Caribbean (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
The Prince and Princess of Wales holiday on a yacht with King Constantine II of Greece, 1990. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - APRIL 11: Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince William, on Holiday In Necker Island In The Caribbean, on April 11, 1990, in the British Virgin Islands. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Princess Diana on holiday in Majorca with King Constantine of Greece and his daughter, Princess Theodora on the King's yacht, Fortuna. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
MAJORCA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Princess Diana On Board The Yacht Fortuna On Summer Holiday In Majorca (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
MAJORCA, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: Diana, Princess of Wales, on board the yacht of King Juan Carlos of Spain 'Fortuna' on summer holiday on August 15, 1990 in Majorca, Spain (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS - JANUARY 1993: Diana, The Princess of Wales walks in the sea on January 1993 in the Island of Nevis. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) in the surf off the Island of Nevis, during a Caribbean holiday, 2nd January 1993.(Photo by Thierry Orban/Sygma via Getty Images)
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS - JANUARY 1993: Diana, The Princess of Wales walks in the sea on January 1993 in the Island of Nevis. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales (C) watches for a wave while surfing at Indian Castle Beach 02 January 1993. Princess Diana is vacationing with her sons William and Harry. (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS - JANUARY 1993: Diana, The Princess of Wales walks in the sea on January 1993 in the Island of Nevis. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
GIZA, EGYPT - MAY 12: Diana Princess of Wales visiting the Pyramids in Giza during an official tour of Egypt. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
GIZA, EGYPT - MAY 12: Diana Princess of Wales visits the Pyramids in Giza during an official tour of Egypt. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS - JANUARY 1993: Diana, The Princess of Wales walks in the sea on January 1993 in the Island of Nevis. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LECH, AUSTRIA - MARCH 25: Diana, Princess Of Wales, On A Spring Ski-ing Holiday With Her Sons, Prince William And Prince Harry, And Her Friend Kate Menzies. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
AUSTRIA - MARCH 26: Diana, Princess of Wales running whilst on a skiing holiday in Lech, Austria (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Princess Diana (back row, R), along with her friends Kate Menzies (back row C) and Catherine Soames (back row, L), rides 26 August 1993 the Splash Mountain ride at Disney World's Magic Kingdom during the third day of their vacation. Front row left is Prince Harry, son of Princess Diana. Other passengers are unidentified. (Photo credit should read BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo taken on July 14, 1997 shows Britain's Lady Diana taken by an unidentified young girl for a jet-ski ride off the property of her friend Dodi Al-Fayed in Saint Tropez, on the French Riviera. Diana, Princess of Wales, and her companion, the Egyptian millionaire film-producer Dodi al-Fayed, died in Paris early 31 August after a midnight car crash. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo taken on July 14, 1997 shows Britain's Lady Diana taken by an unidentified young girl for a jet-ski ride off the property of her friend Dodi Al-Fayed in Saint Tropez, on the French Riviera. Diana, Princess of Wales, and her companion, the Egyptian millionaire film-producer Dodi al-Fayed, died in Paris early 31 August after a midnight car crash. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
ST TROPEZ, FRANCE - JULY 17 1997: (FILE PHOTO) Diana, Princess of Wales and son HRH Prince William are seen holidaying with Dodi Al Fayed (not pictured) in St Tropez in the summer of 1997, shortly before Diana and Dodi were killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997. The inquests into both of their deaths are due to start in early 2004. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
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“People lie and they tell stories,” he said. “It’s ridiculous.”

Conde Nast told the newspaper that he will no longer work for its outlets for the “foreseeable future.”

Several other photographers were named in the Globe article, including Greg Kadel, who allegedly raped a teenager, and David Bellemere, who was accused of forced kissing.

Both men denied the allegations.

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