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Ashley Graham recounts being sexually harassed at the age of 17 while on modeling job

Model Ashley Graham attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

Supermodel Ashley Graham appeared on The View Tuesday and opened up about being sexually harassed while on the job years ago when she was a young model starting out in the industry. Graham said her mother had stopped accompanying her on photo shoots when she turned 16. By the age of 17, Graham told the audience, she was living in New York City on her own and working — and that’s when the incident occurred. “I was shooting a big campaign and a photo assistant said, ‘Come here. I wanna talk to you,” Graham, who is now 30, recalled.

“He lured me into this hallway, pushed me into a closet,” she continued. “He exposed himself and he said, look at what you did to me all day long, now touch it. And I freaked out,” she said, collecting her emotions, “and I ran out of the closet and I just prayed that no one would find out. I thought, if they found out he did that to me, I’m never going to get hired for a job again. I’m going to be the difficult model and nobody’s going to want to work with me if they know that something like that happened,” she said as the show’s co-hosts listened in shock. Graham said that if the culture was what it is now back then, she would’ve had a very different response in that situation.

The revelation sprang from a discussion of famed photographer Terry Richardson who was banned by Conde Nast after a number of allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him. Graham told the audience she’s worked with Richardson in the past, but nothing nothing inappropriate had occurred. Watch Graham recount her experience on The View below.

Read the full story at The Cut.

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