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Model vs. Abercrombie

Claims Masturbation Shoot

Was A & F's Fault

6/15/2012 4:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A dude who worked at an Abercrombie & Fitch store claims the company referred him to a modeling agent who got him to strip down and masturbate in order to take "relaxed" photos -- this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

Benjamine Bowers alleges in the suit he worked at an A & F store last year, when the company's casting director referred him to a modelling agent named Brian Hilburn. According to the complaint, Hilburn got Benjamine to fly to Jackson, Mississippi for a photo shoot.

The suit claims during the June 17, 2011 shoot, Hilburn convinced Benjamine that he needed to display a relaxed look for his modeling portfolio, and the best way of achieving that look was to masturbate in front of the camera, so the photog could capture his expression immediately after orgasm. And for good measure, Hilburn allegedly told him the drill was to do the whole thing in the buff.

Benjamine says he was a trooper and took matters into his own hands during the shoot. But Ben says after he masturbated, Hilburn exposed himself and commented on the relative size of their penises.

Benjamine feels used and believes the photos were never intended to help his career ... but just to give Hilburn a cheap thrill. 

Benjamine is suing A & F and Hilburn for $1 million.

We contacted Hilburn ... He had no comment.

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thestupid    

Dude there is a website for live cam action. Either way I dont freakin care.

778 days ago
2.

Zombie Whitney Houston    

You know how I know you're gay?
When some dude told you to get naked in front of him and his camera and jerk off you went ahead and did it.

778 days ago
3.

Googie    

He's crazy if he thinks people believe him. Unless he was under 18 or is mentally disabled, he knew what he was doing. Another frivolous lawsuit. Trying to get money for nothing.

778 days ago
4.

thestupid    

Actually..... what idiot would DO that!?!?! Not me. Someone ask me to do that I would walk off the set man. Well....... unless it was for a lot of money. Then Im a whore. A whore with money!
Who wants sushi!!?!?!

778 days ago
5.

Trip    

what a bloody idiot the kid is...

778 days ago
6.

HoHwPoV    

A & R?? come on

778 days ago
7.

buzz kill    

What a gulible dumb azz. Thats on the level of telling a chick she can't get pregnant if you do it standing up.

778 days ago
8.

Kelly    

A&F should obviously settle out of court if in fact their photog was masturbating with a model for any reason.

778 days ago
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frank    

What a jerk off

778 days ago
10.

Tammy    

This is ridculous!! He's the idoit who stripped and masterbated for a man on camera. The court need to toss this case and let him accept responsibility for his actions.

778 days ago
11.

kim is a publicity whore    

why would he go along with it in the first place? someone asking you to masturbate is sketch enough, red flag!
"agencies" that do that are obviously not legit.

778 days ago
12.

OH NO!    

People are so desperate for stardom, that they will believe and do almost anything.

778 days ago
13.

BB not bb    

Alot of modeling agents and photographers are total sleazes that do the same kind of thing to women saying they need it for the picture, but you just come out looking stupid anyway. I think he should fight these people becuase they coerce others into doing things that they are ashamed of and didn't intend to do, but are influenced by the idea of needing it for their career. It sounds stupid but it happens and people are gullible and trust the professionals and then realize after that they did something worng.


Maybe if you are older and mature and more in control of your life, you would just say no, but when you are young and excited about being a model and the photographer is making such a big deal out of the shoot and seeming so professional in a way, you can get sucked into going along with it. I think it is a shame.


Some photographers molest people saying they need it for the picture. It is just stupid. Look what they talked that crazy Octomom into doing to make some money, and she even thinks she did something good now.


This may sound stupid but alot of models are very innocent and naive. They may need money bad and not have good guidance on what to do when they are asked to do something that makes them uncomfortable. I feel bad for this guy really. I am sure he is very embarrased and ashamed now.

777 days ago
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Nick    

How sexist of those calling him in idiot and such. If it were a young girl it would be "boo hoo" and the photographer would be called a pig.

777 days ago
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static    

Jackson Mississippi being a well known center for fashion photography.

777 days ago
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