PHOTOGRAPHER Jonathan Leder snapped naked and nearly nude pics of Emily Ratajkowski eight years ago – before she became famous.
Emily slammed a book he later published of those images as a “violation”. We look at the actor’s latest accusation against Jonathan.
Who is photographer Jonathan Leder?
Jonathan Leder – born and raised in New York City – specialises in erotic photography.
In May 2012, Jonathan “found himself alone in a house with a Polaroid camera and Emily Ratajkowski.
“This was before the black-haired, red-lipped stunner had shot to fame with her undeniably sexy performance in Robin Thicke’s arguably sexist ‘Blurred Lines’ video”, says an Amazon blurb on the snapper.
It adds: “Leder wasn’t shooting her because she was a celebrity.
“He’d simply seen something in her previous work that made him think this L.A. model wasn’t like all the others.”
Jonathan later used those pics he took in Woodstock, New York, to fill an explicit book.
What has Emily Ratajkowski accused him of?
Emily Ratajkowski has accused photographer Jonathan Leder of sexually assaulting her during a nude shoot in 2012.
Following the alleged assault, he then published a book of her nude photos without her consent four years later.
Emily, 29, has opened up about the assault alleged to have occurred when she travelled to the Catskills in New York to Jonathan's home, where he snapped her for photography magazine Darius.
The model, who was just 20 at the time, revealed: "When he laid out old-fashioned lingerie on a kitchen chair, I began to grasp what type of girl he wanted me to be.
"My agent hadn’t mentioned that the shoot would be lingerie, but I wasn’t concerned; I’d done countless lingerie shoots before."
The Sports Illustrated model said that after her fourth glass of wine and a shoot of her in lingerie he then suggested she should be nude for the next photos.
Emily claims that Jonathan said: “Let’s try naked now.”
She alleged that he later sexually assaulted and "hurt" her.
Jonathan has vehemently denied the claims, calling the allegations "totally false" and an attempt to gain "press and publicity."
What books has Jonathan published about Emily?
Jonathan's book, Leder/Ratajkowski Collectors Edition, features 71 explicit photos of Emily.
He took "hundreds" of Polaroid pictures of her in 2012.
Jonathan said in the forward: “She was very, shall we say, comfortable with her body.
“And as far as shoots go, I would say it was fun.”
Imperial Publishing – owned by Jonathan – described it as a "rare glimpse at a natural-born star on the verge of exploding".
Emily disagreed, saying "the book and the images within them are a violation".
She also said the pics were intended for an "artful magazine shoot" and that no permission was granted for them to be used in his book.
Her lawyer sent cease-and-desist letters to Imperial Publishing.
But in 2019, Jonathan brought out "Two Nights With Emily" – a hardcover book including "six never-before-seen Polaroids of Emily", says an advertising blurb on Amazon.
It adds: "This book presents the complete Polaroid works of the infamous Ratajkowski sitting for the first time.
"This influential body of work by the master photographer and the Hollywood actress marks a high point in the recent history of celebrity photography."
Is Jonathan Leder married?
Jonathan's marital status is not clear as an online search reveals that he tends to keep his personal details private.
How has he responded to the allegations?
When contacted by The Cut, Jonathan denied Emily's allegations, telling the publication that they were "too tawdry and childish to respond to."
But when approached by the Daily Mail, he denied her claims.
He wrote: "Ms. Ratajkowski’s allegations are totally false.
"I feel bad for her that she is at the point in her career where she has to resort to tactics like this to gain press and publicity. It is shameful.
"I think it is also shameful for [New York Magazine] to publish such sordid and tawdry and unsubstantiated allegations against anyone."
A spokesperson for Imperial Publishing, which represents the photographer, also strongly denied Emily’s claims to Page Six on Tuesday.
“We are all deeply disturbed to read Ms. Ratajkowski’s latest (false) statements to NY Mag in her never-ending search for press and publicity,” they said.
The spokesperson added: “Of course Mr Leder totally denies her outrageous allegations of being ‘assaulted'.
"It is grotesque and sad that she is so vindictive to lie in such a way to the press routinely.”
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