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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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91.

John    

Hahahahahahahahahaha! What a pile of BS. He fell for a perverts game and now he is trying to save face. This guy has the brains of a turtle. Hello. Mr Gullible.

801 days ago
92.

decourseydave    

This guy will end up in porn as gay for pay. But only after he first gets paid for this in the suit!

799 days ago
93.

Martin    

A creepy photographer taking advantage of a hot dumb guy? That almost never happens.

799 days ago
94.

bob    

1. after glow sex shots are real
2. You have got to be dumber than a box of rocks in an incinerator at the North Pole to do masturbate in front of someone if you're not on a porn shoot.

794 days ago
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kiriki1929387    

So many self-involved idiots in the comments. To them and people thinking the same way, do you know the full details of what happened? What else do you know about this besides the very short summary provided by this article? You have nothing to justify judging this guy for what happened to him or that YOUR ignorant ass is so above it or that you'd know better if you were in his situation.

It's not like it isn't plausible either. To give this some perspective, Abercrombe is a big fashion brand, this guy is trying to make it as a model. It's not a stretch to think he'd be able to trust this photographer that they referred him to or his "methods", which honestly sound like they could work, plenty of editorials have models giving very sensuous looks to the camera. And poor guy, ended up being taken advantaged off. If that was the situation he has every right to be angry. I'm not saying I know that's how it went, but neither do you.

785 days ago
96.

easonking    

I'm a Hollister Model in the Bullring store http://www.abercrombiefitchparisoutlet.com Abercrombie Fitch Paris Outlet.. I believe that it all lies down to sending the wrong people to do the job. Just from a couple of human errors does not mean the whole brand is corrupt. That's like saying, Mcdonalds sells unhealthy food so the workers must be all unhealthy low lifes. When they could just be trying to support themselves. At least we have jobs and personally I don't discriminate, I'm mixed race and have experienced so many different cultures and admire them all. :)

669 days ago
97.

easonking    

I'm a Abercrombie & Fitch Model in the Bullring store http://www.abercrombiefitchparisoutlet.com Abercrombie Fitch Paris Outlet, and after reading this.. I believe that it all lies down to sending the wrong people to do the job. Just from a couple of human errors does not mean the whole brand is corrupt. That's like saying, Mcdonalds sells unhealthy food so the workers must be all unhealthy low lifes. When they could just be trying to support themselves. At least we have jobs and personally I don't discriminate, I'm mixed race and have experienced so many different cultures and admire them all. :)

669 days ago
98.

Mauitrash    

A & F should pay him. It's their fault that he was put into a position that he was not strong enough to stop. Because all of you genius' are so tough & would have walked out of what I'm sure he thought was a career starter does not make him dumb. Naive at best. Pay him.

454 days ago
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