A hubbub on social media involving a model, a celebrity photographer and their discussion of nude photos has sent Kim Kardashian to her Instagram page to declare she is "deeply shocked" to learn that a shooter she's worked with has been accused of "inappropriate and inexcusable" behavior.
On Instagram Tuesday, Kardashian lauded women who speak out about sexual harassment, affirming their right not to be pressured into doing something they don't feel comfortable doing. But it didn't happen to her, she said.
“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. “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."
What is this all about? It's complicated by the fact that some of the original tweets, messages and texts involved have been deleted by social media platforms.
Here's the background: A model and design student named Sunnaya Nash posted Sunday on her Instagram Story excerpts of direct messages she exchanged with professional photographer Marcus Hyde about whether he and she could work together on a nude photo shoot and how much it would cost.
He had posted on his private Instagram seeking models for a shoot and she reached out in response.
According to the screenshots of the DMs, Hyde told her he could shoot her nude for free but she first had to send him nude photos of herself, in order to determine whether she was "worth it." No nude photos, no free shoot. The price of a shoot would then go up to $2,000.
Nash told him no thanks, only she wasn't so polite. She called him a "wack."
"Find someone else," he said. "I'll keep shooting celebs."
Instagram deleted Nash's story but another Instagram account called Diet Prada posted screenshots. Nash's followers, including celebrities, also began posting the screenshots. Ariana Grande spoke out on her own Instagram Story page in response:
"dear models/artists in LA / anywhere," Grande wrote. "i have just read some shocking and really heartbreaking stories... 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 they tell you you have to pay more money if you're clothed that's (foul) and i'm sorry that has happened to you. i promise there are so many respectful, nice, talented photographers out there."
Hyde was not happy about any of this judging from the angry and obscene messages he sent Nash on Instagram, according to Diet Prada.
"What transpired in their DM was nothing short of the typical predatory douchebaggery you’d expect via shady Instagram 'castings' by slimy dudes," Diet Prada huffed next to a Marcus Hyde photo of a woman in a bodysuit.
Meanwhile, Nash also hopped on Twitter to complain about Instagram's decision to delete her posts and to compile messages from women who sent her their own complaints about Hyde. She sent readers to Twitter: "Posts have been removed by IG - Check my twitter for full stories. Keep girls safe!!" she wrote.
"@instagram This is unacceptable. I have not breached any guidelines and my stories sharing the misconduct have all been removed, as was my initial post about Marcus Hyde," Nash tweeted.
"Hi, I'm going to thread all the women who have messaged me with their stories about Marcus Hyde here. Most names are blocked for privacy," she tweeted.
Hi, I'm going to thread all the women who have messaged me with their stories about Marcus Hyde here. Most names are blocked for privacy.— Sunnaya (@thedevilsoftly) July 22, 2019
Enter Kardashian, who apparently had been reading all this stuff rocketing around social media for a few days and decided to comment without mentioning Hyde's name.
It's not uncommon, when one of these #MeToo scandals erupts, for friends or supporters of the accused to point out that the accused never did anything to them. Usually it's not seen as relevant insight.
In any case, Diet Prada had some advice for the likes of Kardashian and Grande: "Gross @marcushyde," said its post: "@kimkardashian @arianagrande , come get your boy and teach him some decency."
Hyde has not responded to requests for comment from several media outlets.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kim Kardashian deeply shocked accusations against her photographer