Emily Ratajkowski penned a powerful essay for New York magazine where she accused photographer Jonathan Leder of sexually assaulting her.
The model says the incident happened early in her career during a photo shoot at his Catskills home in 2012. Then unkown and only 20 years-old, Ratajkowski writes that she was surprised to discover she would be modeling lingerie. In an attempt to appear mature, she accepted the red wine he offered her throughout the evening.
“I’d been taught that it was important to earn a reputation as hardworking and easygoing,” she wrote. “‘You never know who they’ll be shooting with next!’ my agent would remind me.”
A reluctant Ratajkowski say she posed nude for the photographer adding, “Most of what came next was a blur except for the feeling. I don’t remember kissing, but I do remember his fingers suddenly being inside of me,” she claims. The model continues detailing the assault including “it really, really hurt. I brought my hand instinctively to his wrist and pulled his fingers out of me with force. I didn’t say a word. He stood up abruptly and scurried silently into the darkness up the stairs.”
Emily also says her lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letters to the photographer’s book publisher, Imperial Publishing but they were published without her consent. Imperial released a statement saying, “We are all deeply disturbed to read Ms. Ratajkowski’s latest (false) statements to NY Mag in her never-ending search for press and publicity,” the rep said. “Of course Mr. Leder totally denies her outrageous allegations of being ‘assaulted.’ It is grotesque and sad that she is so vindictive to lie in such a way to the press routinely.”