Celebrity Photographer Pressured Model to Send Nude Photos, Other Bad Behavior Comes to Light


A photographer associated with a bevy of Hollywood A-listers is embroiled in a nude photo bribery scandal currently in which it is alleged that he asked as model for nude photos to make sure the shoot would be “worth it” according to reports.

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This action has dredged up other murky dealings that models and others have had with the photographer in the past and even drew comment from one of the photographers former clients, Ariana Grande.

Celeb photographer Marcus Hyde has worked with a lot of big names in Hollywood, including the Kardashians, but there are a lot of no-name models he works with as well and this is apparently where his behavior is less than professional. Model Sunnaya Nash was contacted by Hyde on Instagram to do a photo shoot but then was told that the shoot would cost her $USD 2,000 unless she sent him nude photos first. Nash then said she would do a nude photo shoot but would not consent to sending nude pictures before that to which Hyde apparently reiterated his demand for nudes or the cost was $USD 2,000. The model posted the DMs to Instagram (which were taken down for violating the platform’s anti-bullying rules according to PetaPixel) and the evidence is pretty clear. Hyde has since deleted his Instagram.

It’s probably a pretty good idea that he did that, too, because the stories started coming through that Hyde did everything from sexually assault a model to screencapping nude pictures sent to him and then not following up on the “free” photo shoot.

The stories that came forward were cause enough for Ariana Grande, a former client of Hyde’s, to say:

“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 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***d and I’m sorry that has happened to you. I promise there are so many respectful, nice, talented photographers out there.”

As PetaPixel reports, since the story has gone public Hyde has not offered a comment on any of the accusations.

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