Parker Hurley is the latest model to come forward with a story of Bruce Weber and harassment. The model shares a first hand account with Racked. Hurley recalls a casting with Weber at his New York studio Little Bear. Meeting with Weber alone, Hurley answered general questions about his life, before the photographer moved on to his alleged “exercises.”
Weber then leaned forward and told me he wanted to do a breathing exercise with me. Our knees were almost touching as he began to describe what was about to happen, says Hurley.
He explained that energy was going to build between us, a gauge that would be used to determine if we could work together or not. Similar to other accounts from victims of Weber’s alleged harassment, things quickly escalated.
I remember him asking me if I felt it, the energy. I nervously laughed, unsure of what to do or say. He then took my hand from my lap and held it out in front of me, and did the same with his own. He placed his hand under mine and told me that I was going to move his hand around until the energy came to a climax. He began to move his hand in a circle, as I tried to follow. At the “climax,” I would then bring his hand to my body where I felt the energy most.
Spiral spiral spiral goes the hand… then, very suddenly, he began to bring it toward me, directly down to my crotch. Instinctively, my hand forced his hand up so it landed somewhere on my lower abdomen, an inch or so above the waistband of my jeans, the fingers of his hand seeking the skin underneath my shirt.
I forcibly held his hand in place as he tried to slide it down my belly. I could feel him using his strength and used my own to resist him. He looked at me very intensely, and when it became clear that I wasn’t going to let him move his hand any further down my body, he said something about my “potential,” thanked me for my time, stood up, and guided me to the elevator. – Parker Hurley
When contacted for comment by Racked, Weber responded,
I deny these claims made by Mr. Hurley.