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Controversial photographer Hamilton committed suicide in Paris, police say

© Pierre VERDY, AFP file | British photographer and film director David Hamilton at a sale of his photos at the auction house Drouot in Paris on November 19, 1983.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-11-28

Paris police sources this weekend said that the death of British photographer David Hamilton could be ruled a suicide.

The 83-year-old, known for his widely published nude images of underage girls, was found dead with a plastic bag over his head in his Paris home on Friday, one source told AFP Saturday, adding: "There is nothing at this stage to suggest anything other than suicide."

A neighbour raised the alarm after noticing that the door of Hamilton's apartment was half-open, and emergency services found him in cardiac arrest.

Hamilton was born in London but had lived much of his life in France. He gained international notoriety in the 1970s and 80s as a fashion photographer, but is best known for his nude images of young teenage girls.

French TV and radio host Flavie Flament, who modelled for Hamilton almost 30 years ago, published an autobiographical novel, The Consolation, last month in which she told of being raped by a famous photographer during a shoot.

Flament, 42, later told French media that it was Hamilton who had raped her, and said that three other women had contacted her with near-identical allegations.

France’s statute of limitations protected Hamilton from prosecution, but the case revived a prickly legal debate.

Hamilton denied the allegations before his death.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

Date created : 2016-11-28

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