“Keep in mind me now?”
That was mannequin Caron Bernstein’s query for former mannequin Johnny Zander after studying that he’d denied realizing her once we tracked him down in Los Angeles to substantiate her claims that she’d been sexually assaulted by photographer Terry Richardson. The Every day Information printed Bernstein’s harrowing story final week.
In keeping with Bernstein, it was Zander — who claims the title character in “Zoolander” was modeled after him — that launched her to Richardson the day she was allegedly assaulted within the shutterbug’s SoHo photograph studio in 2003, although she doesn’t know if Zander was conscious of what occurred on the shoot. Richardson maintains his encounter with Bernstein was consensual.
“I heard you forgot my identify,” Bernstein additionally wrote to Zander on Instagram after our story went reside on the Every day Information homepage. She added: “I however am not delusional and DO keep in mind your identify.”
Zander, now working as a bartender in L.A., advised us in the beginning of our investigation that he had no recollection of Bernstein. He even downplayed his relationship with Richardson, who he mentioned photographed him “a pair occasions” throughout his modeling days.
“I don’t know something about it,” he insisted on the subject of Bernstein’s encounter with Richardson. “I, for certain, didn’t prepare it.”
Richardson thanks Zander in his erotic espresso desk e book “Terryworld,” wherein a photograph of Bernstein’s breasts lined in semen seem. He lists Zander amongst three dozen individuals “who helped make this e book doable.”
Bernstein additionally tells us that Zander did not reply to her try and jog his reminiscence along with her slicing Instagram message.
Shortly earlier than Bernstein got here to us along with her story, Zander Instagrammed her out of the blue admitting he hadn’t seen her shortly.
“It’s been in all probability 12-13 years. The place are you on the planet today?” Zander wrote to Bernstein on Sept. 29.
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She advised us it had been nearer to 14 years since they final spoke. It was the day Bernstein claims Zander launched her to Richardson.
After we introduced Zander with that missive, he had his lawyer get again to us.
“He acknowledges he is aware of who that’s. They corresponded on Instagram,” lawyer David Erikson mentioned. Zander continues to disclaim any data of the alleged assault by Richardson.
Bernstein urged that somebody ought to write one other “Zoolander” sequel about Zander’s life now.
With Brian Niemietz, Nancy Dillon