According to an online forensic expert, the chat message that model Emma Appleton posted on Twitter that allegedly showed photographer Terry Richardson requesting sex in exchange for a Vogue magazine shoot was a hoax and came from a fake Facebook account.

PageSix reports that Theo Yedinsky (the expert) found that the page that sent the message has been removed by Facebook, and that it had been set up two weeks prior by "some random Gmail account," not Richardson's official page. PageSix writes that a source "close to Richardson" said that "the whole thing is defamatory and possibly illegal. Appleton’s agent was informed about the fake account . . . but refused to acknowledge the truth and continued to grandstand.”

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[via PageSix]