The British photographer David Hamilton has died at the age of 83, according to French police.
A police source told Reuters that Hamilton, best known for his pictures of teenage girls, killed himself in Paris.
Hamilton, who lived much of his life in France and whose works appeared in high-end fashion magazines, was found unresponsive in his home by a neighbour who alerted emergency services, French radio station Europe 1 reported, without giving a source.
Hamilton had this month denied allegations by four of his former models that he had raped them.
He threatened to sue his accusers, saying he had previously been cleared of abuse.
The artist, whose whose work often raised questions about the dividing line between art and pornography, was at the centre of a raft of allegations after a French radio presenter accused him of raping her when she was 13.
Flavie Flament published an autobiographical novel last month in which she told of being raped by a famous photographer during a shoot.
Although she did not name Hamilton in The Consolation for fear of being sued, she used his photograph of her as the book’s cover.
Flament, 42, later told French media that Hamilton had raped her after three other women contacted her with near identical allegations.
Hamilton confirmed that Flament had been his model, but denied the allegations, telling Agence France-Presse on Tuesday: “I have done nothing improper.”
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