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I mean, look at the complex narrative in this. It hits you in the face and then makes you start exploring your thoughts!

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he had a story in this weekend's NY Daily News :o

Madonna photographer Steven Meisel claims his ex used his AmEx for sex trysts in Beverly Hills

Friday, July 19, 2013, 11:49 PM

The iconic fashion photographer says his former boyfriend is not entitled to a penny from the sale of his sprawling $13 million estate — even if he’s been living there since they split.

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Fashion photographer Steven Meisel says his ex-boyfriend Benjamin Forest paid for his sex-capades in Los Angeles and Las Vegas with money taken from Meisel’s checking account.

One of Madonna’s favorite photographers is going negative on his freeloading ex-boyfriend, according to court papers.

Iconic fashion shutterbug Steven Meisel claims his former lover of 21 years gorged on drugs, had sexual liaisons with a male escort and paid for a Beverly Hills party with his American Express card.

Adding insult to infidelity, defendant Benjamin Forest paid for his carnal escapades in Los Angeles and Las Vegas with money taken from Meisel’s checking account, the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit charges.

The crux of the complaint filed Tuesday is Meisel’s assertion that Forest is not entitled to a penny from the sale of the photographer’s sprawling $13 million Beverly Hills estate.

Forest has lived in the posh residence since dumping Meisel in 2010 — although all of his expenses were still covered by the jilted lover, the lawsuit says.

“There exists no agreement, oral (or) in writing, conferring up the defendant the right to receive any funds” from sale of the house, the 13-page filing declares.

“Plaintiff is no longer willing to provide, voluntarily and gratuitously, for any of defendant’s living expenses.”

Meisel, 60, is regarded as one of the top fashion photographers in the world, renowned for his shots of supermodels Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and others.

He famously photographed the cover for Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” album, and collaborated on her graphic coffee-table book “Sex.”

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Madonna "Like a Virgin" album cover, photographed by Steven Meisel.

Meisel, since the November 1989 start of their romance, claims that he picked up the tab for every aspect of Forest’s life — from food and clothes to vacations and housing costs.

The photographer even paid for a recording studio when Forest tried to become a songwriter, and for acting lessons when he pursued a movie career, the suit charges.

Forest’s other failed endeavors included surf instructor, yoga teacher and hip-hop dancer, court papers indicated.

Despite their time together, the two “have never had an express oral agreement or a written agreement as to financial matters relating to or arising out of the relationship,” Meisel said.

A phone message left Friday afternoon for Forest in California was not returned.

The couple’s relationship faded to black in May 2010, when Forest — without explanation — broke things off.

The world-renowned photographer said he allowed Forest to stay in the Beverly Hills home despite his ex-boyfriend’s ongoing use of ecstasy, marijuana and other drugs.

Forest also used Meisel’s credit card to cover the $2,000 cost of a March 2012 party, and took advantage of an authorized ATM card to pay his male escorts, the lawsuit charged.

Meisel, who bought the house in 2001, said he hopes to close on the sale before the end of the year.

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I mean, look at the complex narrative in this. It hits you in the face and then makes you start exploring your thoughts!

msex__oPt.jpg

With SEX, all I c is Pasolini.

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he had a story in this weekend's NY Daily News :o

Madonna photographer Steven Meisel claims his ex used his AmEx for sex trysts in Beverly Hills

Friday, July 19, 2013, 11:49 PM

The iconic fashion photographer says his former boyfriend is not entitled to a penny from the sale of his sprawling $13 million estate — even if he’s been living there since they split.

sex20n-6-web.jpg

Fashion photographer Steven Meisel says his ex-boyfriend Benjamin Forest paid for his sex-capades in Los Angeles and Las Vegas with money taken from Meisel’s checking account.

One of Madonna’s favorite photographers is going negative on his freeloading ex-boyfriend, according to court papers.

Iconic fashion shutterbug Steven Meisel claims his former lover of 21 years gorged on drugs, had sexual liaisons with a male escort and paid for a Beverly Hills party with his American Express card.

Adding insult to infidelity, defendant Benjamin Forest paid for his carnal escapades in Los Angeles and Las Vegas with money taken from Meisel’s checking account, the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit charges.

The crux of the complaint filed Tuesday is Meisel’s assertion that Forest is not entitled to a penny from the sale of the photographer’s sprawling $13 million Beverly Hills estate.

Forest has lived in the posh residence since dumping Meisel in 2010 — although all of his expenses were still covered by the jilted lover, the lawsuit says.

“There exists no agreement, oral (or) in writing, conferring up the defendant the right to receive any funds” from sale of the house, the 13-page filing declares.

“Plaintiff is no longer willing to provide, voluntarily and gratuitously, for any of defendant’s living expenses.”

Meisel, 60, is regarded as one of the top fashion photographers in the world, renowned for his shots of supermodels Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and others.

He famously photographed the cover for Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” album, and collaborated on her graphic coffee-table book “Sex.”

image-1-1404241.jpg

Madonna "Like a Virgin" album cover, photographed by Steven Meisel.

Meisel, since the November 1989 start of their romance, claims that he picked up the tab for every aspect of Forest’s life — from food and clothes to vacations and housing costs.

The photographer even paid for a recording studio when Forest tried to become a songwriter, and for acting lessons when he pursued a movie career, the suit charges.

Forest’s other failed endeavors included surf instructor, yoga teacher and hip-hop dancer, court papers indicated.

Despite their time together, the two “have never had an express oral agreement or a written agreement as to financial matters relating to or arising out of the relationship,” Meisel said.

A phone message left Friday afternoon for Forest in California was not returned.

The couple’s relationship faded to black in May 2010, when Forest — without explanation — broke things off.

The world-renowned photographer said he allowed Forest to stay in the Beverly Hills home despite his ex-boyfriend’s ongoing use of ecstasy, marijuana and other drugs.

Forest also used Meisel’s credit card to cover the $2,000 cost of a March 2012 party, and took advantage of an authorized ATM card to pay his male escorts, the lawsuit charged.

Meisel, who bought the house in 2001, said he hopes to close on the sale before the end of the year.

Wait

Does he really own a $13m home in LA?

I knew photographers in the league of a Meisel, Klein, Mondino etc were obviously wealthy

But not THAT much

That's just a house, imagine his total networth then

Good for them, puts them in the same bracket of most Hollywood figures I guess

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That Klein *spit* bitch probably works for free. No doubt tightfistdonna balks at Meisel's asking price.

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Yet Klein *spit* is still hanging around like a bad smell (and selling unflattering outtakes to mental fans for huge sums of wonga)

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Yet Klein *spit* is still hanging around like a bad smell (and selling unflattering outtakes to mental fans for huge sums of wonga)

Thank you!

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Yet Klein *spit* is still hanging around like a bad smell (and selling unflattering outtakes to mental fans for huge sums of wonga)

She'll tire of him soon if she hasn't already. He was never a Meisel or a Ritts for her anyway.

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She'll tire of him soon if she hasn't already. He was never a Meisel or a Ritts for her anyway.

I am surprised that she's collaborated with him for 10 years now

Maybe she really likes Klein

Some of the things they did together were nice but after you've seen some of it you've seen it all

He's a bit repetitive and in the work with other celebrities as well

There seems to be more variation with other photographers she's worked with repeatedly over the years

I still remember when W mag X Process shoot came out 10 years ago though

Loved it

I loved the RIT photoshoot just as much

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I think its the kaballah that keeps her working with him! Maybe if Meisel wore a red string she'd hire him again :chuckle:

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I am surprised that she's collaborated with him for 10 years now

Maybe she really likes Klein

Some of the things they did together were nice but after you've seen some of it you've seen it all

He's a bit repetitive and in the work with other celebrities as well

There seems to be more variation with other photographers she's worked with repeatedly over the years

I still remember when W mag X Process shoot came out 10 years ago though

Loved it

I loved the RIT photoshoot just as much

I think she likes his video work. That's what his main purpose is.

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