Aussie fashion photographer allegedly groped models

  • 22/07/2015

An Australian man posing as a fashion designer has been charged with assaulting models after allegedly groping them during various photo shoots.

Sydney man Shardz Hourani, 31, is charged with five counts of assault with act of indecency involving two women, aged 20 and 22.

He will appear in the Waverley Local Court on Thursday.

His alleged behaviour was the focus of a Facebook page, where dozens of models came forward with allegations of degrading treatment.

Posts on the Say NO to Sanija Fashion Page included photos of Hourani groping models' breasts, buttocks and thighs as he arranged poses for them.

"There were numerous times where he put his hands into my top, felt my boobs and said 'yes, size B'," model Tia Wright told Fairfax Media last month.

"He'd yell at me and the other models and get up very close, right up against your body, and grab your hips and arse and your chest and twist your body into poses."

"First he adds you on Facebook and sends you a message saying his high-profile fashion label is looking for models," one Sydney model told Yahoo7 News. "He asks you how much experience you have in modelling because he is looking for people who don't have any experience."

Another model says he touched her inappropriately during one shoot and tried kissing her.

"[He] grabbed my hand and made me touch his erected penis. I … went home and cried. We need to stop this."

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