Breaking her silence. Kim Kardashian addressed the Marcus Hyde allegations on her Instagram Stories for the first time on Tuesday, July 23. “I have been reading all of the messages and stories from women regarding inappropriate and inexcusable behavior of a photographer that I have worked with in the past,” the 38-year-old wrote. “My own experiences have always been professional, and I am deeply shocked, saddened and disappointed to learn that other women have had very different experiences.”
The KUWTK star wanted to make it clear that she does not condone these actions. “I stand in full support of every woman’s right to not be harassed, asked or pressured to do anything they are not comfortable with. We cannot allow this type of behavior to go unnoticed, and I applaud those who speak out.”
On Sunday, July 20, Los Angeles-based model Sunnaya shared screenshots of her alleged direct messages with Marcus, 34. She claimed that she reached out to him via direct message on Instagram after he posted an ad looking for models. During their alleged conversation, Sunnaya claimed that if she posed nude, then he would do the photo shoot for free. However, when she declined, he allegedly responded, “It’s 2K then. Gotta see if you’re worth it.”
Marcus survived a near-fatal car crash in October 2018 while he was driving on the Pacific Coast Highway. According to Us Weekly, the photographer was airlifted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center “after suffering seizures due to the crash.” Law enforcement officials confirmed he suffered a “critical head injury.” Afterward, Kim and her husband, Kanye West, donated $25,000 to his GoFundMe page to support their friend.
Ariana Grande — who also previously worked with Marcus — spoke out about the allegations, too. “Dear models/artists in L.A./anywhere,” the 26-year-old pop star wrote on her Instagram Stories on July 22. “I have just read some shocking and really heartbreaking stories. I hate that this is a conversation, but please do not shoot with photographers who make you feel uncomfortable or make you feel like you need to take your clothing off if you don’t want to. If you want to, sick, but if you don’t, please don’t. If they tell you you have to pay more money if you’re clothed, that’s f—ked, and I’m sorry that has happened to you. I promise there are so many respectful, nice, talented photographers out there.”
Marcus has not commented yet, and it appears he made his Instagram account private since the allegations surfaced.
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