Model sues Abercrombie & Fitch for getting him to masturbate to look more relaxed
Model files $1m lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch and agent after he was ‘ordered to masturbate to make him more relaxed in photo shoot’
By Christine Show
PUBLISHED: 01:10, 17 June 2012 | UPDATED: 01:10, 17 June 2012
A male model filed a $1million lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch and a modelling agent claiming he was told to strip and masturbate at a photo shoot so he could look ‘relaxed.’
Benjamine Bowers claims the retailer recommended he work with Brian Hilburn, who pushed him to pleasure himself naked during a June 2011 shoot in Jackson, Mississippi, it has been revealed.
The agent told Mr Bowers to masturbate with his clothes off to capture a relaxed, post-orgasm expression Hilburn said was needed for the shoot, the lawsuit alleges.
When Mr Bowers finished masturbating, Hilburn displayed his own penis to compare the sizes of the two men’s genitals, according to TMZ.
Mr Bowers had worked for Abercrombie last year as a model and a company casting director pointed him to Hilburn for help, TMZ reported.
He soon got an opportunity to work on a photo shoot in Mississippi.
On the June 17 shoot, Hilburn reportedly told the model that he needed to have relaxed features for a modeling portfolio.
He persuaded Mr Bowers that the best way to go about getting that easygoing expression was to masturbate, according to the lawsuit.
In addition to masturbating, Hilburn convinced Mr Bowers to take off all of his clothes while he pleasured himself.
When Mr Bowers was done, the agent proceeded to expose his own penis and discussed the similarities in size the two men shared.
Issue: Mr Bowers is suing both Hilburn and the retailer for $1million as Abercrombie has dealt with several lawsuits in recent years (file photo)
Mr Bowers said he felt Mr Hilburn took advantage of him and wasn’t trying to help him with his career, according to TMZ.
Abercrombie has been the subject of several lawsuits in the past.
These include a $2.2million lawsuit from employees who said they were
forced to wear the retailer’s pricey clothing to work there and a $40million discrimination suit from former employers who said they were treated differently because of their race.