Michael Gross‘ book Focus: The Sexy, Secret, Sometimes Sordid World of Fashion Photographers explains that Cyrus snubbed Richardson, who directed her career-changing music video for “Wrecking Ball,” when they won at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
As you may recall, Cyrus’ racy video for “Wrecking Ball” changed her narrative from a Disney star into a sexually-poised woman.
Page Six reports:
As [Richardson’s] lucrative career cratered, the mustachioed shutterbug hired a damage-control firm for his reputation, but Cyrus decided against giving an acceptance speech when “Wrecking Ball” won best video at the 2014 VMAs.
The pop tart sent an advocate for the homeless onstage rather than “thank her director,” Gross writes, reducing the one-time “King of Selfies . . . to a panhandler at the door of the party.”
And indeed, Cyrus’ date at the 2014 VMAs was a 22-year-old homeless man, Jesse Helt, who accepted the award for Video of the Year on her behalf as she proudly stayed by her seat.
On several different occasions, Richardson has been accused of preying on young models, and using his position of influence to coerce models into engaging in sexual behaviors and in unwanted sex acts with him during photoshoots.
Focus: The Sexy, Secret, Sometimes Sordid World of Fashion Photographers is available for pre-order on Amazon here and will be released July 5, 2016.