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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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Bad Dog    

HIs next shoot will be for a plumbing job, he doesn't want to know how they shoot that one

861 days ago
17.

A1Commenter    

FIrst off, Zombie Whitney Houston needs to soak her head in cocaine. I HATE stupid people like her making stupid "gay" comments like that. As to him, I wouldn't give him a dime. I believe someone can convince people of stuff, but if he was over 18 -- then he was old enough to make a decision for himself. And he did. Maybe the pictures made the Internet and mommy found out.

861 days ago
18.

Mr Purdue    

Good think he's hot cuz he's sure not smart.

861 days ago
19.

RaineeDrops    

Wow....sick! Why would you even do that in front of a camera or consent to that, did that not put up a red flag that something seemed not quite appropriate with the photographer?

Come on. Sick photographer if so, sick of A&C to refer him to this photographer and sick of the guy to go along with the request.

Should have just told the photographer you are not into porn nor going to masturbate in front of anyone much less a camera, then left, then reported it!

861 days ago
20.

WeeksEnd    

This guy used to live with Marc Cherry. For free. Carry on.

861 days ago
21.

Zra    

what a jerk off

861 days ago
22.

Pat    

I can't believe that guy m*st*rb*ted because someone else said to.
Everyone needs to stop m*st*rb*ting and problems will go away.
Find something else to do with your time, Read a book. Go to a museum.
Surf the web instead.

861 days ago
23.

janet    

yeah, good luck with that.

861 days ago
24.

Calinative    

Why did he do it in the first place? They are both freaks!

861 days ago
25.

Faye    

What a dumb ass. I don't think I'd admit that I was stupid enough to strip and jack off. If he really bought the story that he needed to look relaxed for the photo, he

861 days ago
26.

christopher    

seriously? why is he suing Abercrombie and not the photographer? Abercrombie can not be held responsible for what Hilburn made him do.

861 days ago
27.

TMS    

This might be a vailid lawsuit if he were 12 years old but, my God, he's an adult. Granted, he's a stupid adult but, nonetheless, he made that choice on his own and was more than capable of saying, "No thanks, dude, I can get relaxed without beathing off."

861 days ago
28.

Don Martin    

He what do you expect man. It's gay pride month.

861 days ago
29.

Chris    

OK ... this is bad and all, and I hope the Photographer gets a fitting punishment... but how dumb do you have to be to fall for a scam like that? I mean seriously, that's not being a team player... that's being a member of the Jersey Shore Cast... as in REAL DUMB. Also.... it took him A YEAR to realize something was off.... A F*%KING YEAR????

861 days ago
30.

Heathbar    

Abercombie and *****

861 days ago
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