Abercrombie & Fitch model Benjamine Bowers is suing the clothing company for one million dollars for referring him to a modeling agent who asked him to get naked and masturbate in front of the camera. The agent told Bowers that it was the only way to achieve "relaxed photos."
Remember that scene in Fame when Coco thinks she's going on an audition but really it's just some guy's seedy apartment and he gets her to take off her shirt on camera, and she does it because—even though she's crying—she'll do anything to be a star?
According to the suit, Bowers was scouted by the company's casting director and then referred to a modeling agent named Brian Hilburn located in Jackson, Mississippi. Hilburn flew Bowers out for the shoot on June 17, 2011. There, Hilburn convinced him to masturbate in front of the camera, assuring Bowers that the only way to capture that pristine look of a model was to snap them immediately after orgasm.
Bowers complied. He became suspicious later when, after he finished, Hilburn took out his own penis and compared the two.
Young aspiring models, the next time someone promises you the world IF, you just remember that you is kind, you is good, and you is smart. And you is probably being filmed for one of those pornographic videos that will inevitably surface later in life.