It looks like last week's media rumor—that New York Mag had a cover story on the way with Terry Richardson—wasn't just a rumor. The story surfaced online last night. Contrary to what was supposed to be a name-clearing story proving Richardson's innocence, it traces his troubled childhood (including early drug addiction and multiple suicide attempts), reveals the origins of his commercial and fine art careers, and provides quotes from the photographer that don't specifically address any of the claims against him (the fake Facebook message sent from Terry to model Emma Appleton, however, was addressed by the writer).
In the article, Terry says,
It was never just me and a girl ever. It was always assistants, or other people around, or girls brought friends over to hang out. It was very daytime, no drugs, no alcohol. It was a happening, there was energy, it was fun, it was exciting, making these strong images, and that’s what it was. People collaborating and exploring sexuality and taking pictures.
He also denies the recent story that he and Lindsay Lohan slept together at Chateau Marmont (according to her leaked list of supposed sex conquests over the years). He adds that the Internet is “Totally craziness. Like a little cancer. People can just do whatever they want, say whatever they want, be totally anonymous. It’s totally out of control.”
For those who have been keeping track of the sexual allegations against Richardson over the years, this story doesn't provide a wealth of new information. It notably tells the story of Terry's past, from dealing with a schizophrenic father (who helped Terry get his start in commercial photography) to trying heroine when he moved to Ojai, Calif. with his mother and stepfather. Despite the early trauma, he tells the writer, “I have nothing but so much love for my parents. They’re artists, and they showed me films and took me to museums and taught me about art and things that I’m eternally grateful for.” Much of the story falls back on Terry's "no regrets" attitude that he finally spells out at the end of the story.
I don’t have any regrets about the work at all, but obviously I don’t ever want someone to feel like that. It was never my intention. But also, people do things, and then they have regrets, and that’s also nothing to do with me. Then don’t do pictures like that again…I’m okay with myself about everything, and that to me is the most important thing.