Just when you thought American Apparel had cornered the market on sexually harassing employees, male model Benjamine Bowers has some upsetting stories to tell about his Abercrombie and Fitch photo shoot:
Benjamine Bowers said he was referred to agent Brian Hillburn by an A&F casting director when he worked for the clothing chain last year, according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ.
Hilburn allegedly flew the male model out to a photoshoot in Jackson, Mississippi, where Hillburn persuaded him to masturbate nude in order to get a more “relaxed” look for his modeling portfolio.
The shoot reportedly took place on June 17, 2011.
Bowers claims in the suit that Hilburn exposed himself after Bowers finished masturbating and began commenting on the size of their penises.
The former A&F employee, according to TMZ, “feels used and believes the photos were never intended to help his career… but just to give Hilburn a cheap thrill.” NY Daily News