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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

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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Brian Hilburn , AIG models actually represents a ton of models in major markets. Especially dudes as he championed himself as a straight manager. Which in fashion is un-heard of. He has actually gotten miley Cyrus's x boy friends agent, Allen osborne fired for doing something similar with one of his models and also tried to get government to deport lope navo after he shot cj Richards, a Brian hilburn model, after word got back to Brian lope navo made advances on his model. Basically, I'm shocked, disappointed in Brian. How hypocritical of him. Snakey.

839 days ago


Stupid is as stupid does. If I were him, I'd be ashamed to even confess this so called incident happened let alone make it public knowledge. You are a fool son.

839 days ago


This guy is a dumb arse while Abercrombie and Fitch is a notorious sleazeball company. I hope their lawyers get filthy rich with this lawsuit.

839 days ago


This guys a one man Conga-Line dimwits....

839 days ago


Well his name is Benjamine so really I don't know what he expected.

839 days ago

Virtual Insanity    

You lost me at Jackson, MS.

839 days ago


You know how I know you're gay? Your name is Benjamine.

839 days ago


william it was really nothing - uncle monty. bazinga!

839 days ago

Dr Porn    

Gosh, these are the stories that make me want to give up everything and move to L.A..

839 days ago


I'm not a very cynical person... Maybe this guy is just incredibly naive. I mean, would he really sue A&F and allow this story to get out if it wasn't true? It will probably ruin his career.

839 days ago


TMZ this is not your area of 'reporting', stick to what you're comfortable with.

839 days ago


Dude, you're attorney MIGHT get a settlement, which is what I'm thinking he's going for, but keeping it real. A$F didn't tell you to jack-off, that pervert did, and you being the pervert you are, did it IN FRONT OF A CAMERA---THAT'S CALL PORN and in all likelihood you signed a release.

839 days ago

Jay W.     

lmao... dumb a$$ kid, your suppose to ask for a fluff girl !

839 days ago


He should have faked it like Kramer.

839 days ago


What a brain-dead idiot this kid is, is he that stupid to be taken like that? To DO something like that, how could he even, again, wow this kid is a brain-dead gullible fool. He deserves to have been humiliated and "exposed" due to his stupidity! Now due to his lawsuit the entire world knows what a fool he was/is, hahaha. Chalk is up to lesson learned kid. Keep your clothes on and your hand off "yourself" around others! Otherwise go ahead and join the porn industry, sounds like you just had some practice!

839 days ago
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