Emily Ratajkowski detailed her story of an alleged sexual assault situation where she was touched without her consent by a photographer in 2012 before she rose to global prominence as a model and actress.
Photographer Jonathan Leder has adamantly rejected accusations that he sexually assaulted model and actress Emily Ratajkowski
After being contacted by Page Six, Imperial Publishing, which Leder owns, wrote that “Mr Leder totally denies her outrageous allegations of being ‘assaulted'”.
Imperial claims that she concocted the “salacious accusations” because she was unable to stop the publication of Leder’s book which included photographs
Quoting Leder, New York magazine also wrote that Ratajkowski’s allegations are “too tawdry and childish to respond to”.
Ratajkowski made the accusations of sexual assault in an essay published in The Cut on Tuesday titled ‘Buying Myself Back: When Does a Model Own Her Own Image?’
She recalls the alleged incident from a photoshoot in 2012, saying that her then-agent asked her to stayover at Leder’s flat in Woodstock, New York, as part of an unpaid photoshoot for a magazine called Darius.
She writes that she Leder appeared “disinterested” upon meeting her and that she “wanted to prove myself worthy of his attention. I knew that impressing these photographers was an important part of building a good reputation”.
Ratajowski said she initially felt relief after seeing two children and a female make-up artist upon arriving before being surprised to discover that the shoot was a lingerie one.
In an attempt to seem mature and professional, she also accepted Leder’s offer of red wine throughout the photoshoot, writing that her she had been “taught that it was important to earn a reputation as hardworking and easygoing”.
Ratajowski then writes that Leder asked her to conduct the shoot naked.
She then explains that her mood dropped once the female make-up artist left the room and that Leder proceeded to sexually assault her.
She said that she did not tell anyone about the incident and took the train home the next morning.
The photographs Leder took were published in a book in 2016, called ‘Emily Ratajkowski’. The model claims the project was made without her consent, which Leder disputes. A second and third book were published of the outtakes, with one titled ‘Two Nights With Emily’.