Two male models accuse Rick Day of sexual assault

by Jay Austin

Yesterday The Advocate published a report about fashion photographer Rick Day.

In exclusive interviews, Barrett Pall and Kai Braden both claim they were groomed and sexually assaulted by Day when they were teenagers.

Pall alleges that Day first reached out to him in November 2007 via the online platform Model Mayhem. He said he was interested in shooting him for a coffee-table book.

In the message, which The Advocate obtained a screenshot of, Day assured Pall he was “not looking for a hook up … but I find you very cute and would love to shoot a hot sexy shot of you.”

Being a young male model poses unique challenges. In addition to fears of being ostracized for coming out about harassment and assault, there is also a perceived standard of masculinity that countless men hide behind.

Pall uploaded a YouTube video called “Why It’s Harder Being a Gay Model #MeToo.” Though he mentions no names in particular, Pall adds that when you’re starting in the industry, there is an “underlying agreement that you will kind of do what you have to do to book campaigns… and a lot of that involves sexual acts, a lot of that involves sexual abuse.”

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