>> In 2004, Terry Richardson told the Guardian UK: "I don't like to exploit anybody. That's not my bag. Everyone has fun on my shoots." But in the last couple of weeks, all kinds of lurid stories about his work habits are coming out of the woodwork.
It started last week when reports of Rie Rasmussen confronting the photographer on March 8 in Paris were published by the New York Post. The model, who said that Richardson manipulates young girls into posing for pictures in compromising situations, told the newspaper: "I told [Richardson] what you do is completely degrading to women. I hope you know you only [bleep] girls because you have a camera, lots of fashion contacts and get your pictures in Vogue. Instead of arguing with me, Terry ran out of the bar. Then the next day, he called my agency and complained I called him names in front of clients in Paris. It was the most cowardly thing I have ever seen."
>> Former Gucci face Rie Rasmussen left fashion a few years ago to fully immerse herself in the film world — and judging by the evasive tangent she went on when asked in April if she was planning on returning, it doesn't sound like planning on coming back. She most recently starred as the title character in Luc Besson's Angel-A, and now she's joining a number of other models displaying their work at Cannes Film Festival this year.
Rie's own debut feature film, Human Zoo, which she produced, wrote, directed, edited, and stars in is screening at Cannes May 19. The film, which has been described as "Bonnie and Clyde in Kosovo," was panned by Variety when it screened at the Berlin Film Festival in February, but the Hollywood Reporter was more encouraging, deeming that Rie "holds the screen credibly" and "has much to offer as a filmmaker although it's too uneven to be called a success."