Kelly Wheeler Photographer — Sexual Harassment
I was sexually harassed by a local photographer here in Reno, Nevada by the name of Kelly Wheeler.
This was my very first time taking fprofessional pictures. I wanted to obtain photos to accompany my acting resume.
I went alone which was a huge mistake.
During the shoots he made remarks that I overlooked and took as compliments at the time. One of the remarks that stood out most was when he stated " I'm getting turned on just by looking at you".
The photographer (Mr. Wheeler), spent a short time shooting me in the outfits that I brought. He spent way more time shooting me in my lingerie. As I proceeded to get dressed, he asked me how comftortable I was with nudity, I made it clear that I don't mind as long as it is of an artistic nature and not sexual in any way.
He spent an enormous amount of time shooting me nude. I was taking direction from him and he was trying to get me to be more sexual but my mind was focused on artistic poses, so there was a huge difference in photographic vision. At one point he started taking breast shots.
He instructed me to tilt my head and close my eyes. He guided me to place my hand on my breast and then put his hand on it as if he were guiding my hand. He then moved my hand and started touching my breast himself. I looked up to see what he was doing and he instructed me to keep my eyes closed. I assumed that he was capturing shots of my breast as a reason for him touching them, but then he continued to touch it and fondle it and started asking me if I liked it and if it felt good, then I felt his tongue glide across.
I looked up and saw his camera sitting on the floor and so I questioned him then he immediately grabbed his camera, took a couple of more shots, and said "We're done".
He then had the nerve to joke about what he did to me as if he did it with everyone (like it was ok). He made it seem like he somehow helped me prepare for future photo shoots by touching my breast!
I felt used, violated and very uncomfortable immediately after. As I left he said I would have my pictures on a cd in about a week, and asked me for a hug. I gave him one and left.
I did not sleep that night. As I replayed the whole incident in my mind it became more clear as to what happened to me. It made me sick to my stomach the more I thought about it. I felt uncomfortable touching my own breasts following that event.
A police report was filed the very next day. He was arrested but then bailed out.
I never got my pictures from him as he promised. So not only did he violate me, but I don't even have my own pictures.
At this present time my goal is to bring more awareness of this issue to the public and to get other victims to come forward.