Shay Mitchell and Ariana Grande are joining the growing chorus of voices who claim photographer Marcus Hyde has attempted to bribe and solicit models into taking nudes with him. Hyde rose to fame photographing Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Grande herself. Late Tuesday, Kardashian weighed in, saying her experience with Hyde had always been professional, but that she "stands by" the accusers.
The Pretty Little Liars star wrote on social media that she is "so digusted sic" with Hyde. On Instagram Stories, Mitchell reposted a text conversation Hyde allegedly had with the model Sunnaya, in which he appears to bartering for nudes in exchange for the model's placement in a shoot that pays $2K.
Sunnaya was the first to raise the alarm against Hyde, claiming that Hyde DM'd on Instagram soliciting nudes. She posted their exchange on Instagram, then Twitter after IG deleted it. Since she first spoke out, several other models have shared their stories.
When Grande heard, she responded, writing on Instagram Stories: "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**ked and I'm sorry that has happened to you. I promise there are so many respectful, nice, talented photographers out there."
Kardashian did not immediately respond to the news, and she and West appear to be quite tight with Hyde, donating $25K to him after a car crash and attending one of his book launch.
However, late Tuesday, Kardashian issued a stern rebuke.
"I have been reading all of the messages and stories from women regarding inappropriate and inexcusable behavior of a photographer that I have worked with in the past," Kardashian wrote on her Instagram Story on Tuesday. "My own experiences have always been professional, and I am deeply shocked, saddened and disappointed to learn that other women have had very different experiences.
"I stand in full support of every woman's right to not be harassed, asked or pressured to do anything they are not comfortable with," she continued. "We cannot allow this type of behavior to go unnoticed and I applaud those who speak out."
Hyde has deleted his Instagram.