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Photographer Thomas Roma Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Another notable photographer is being accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct. This time it’s photographer Thomas Roma, and his accusers are former students at Columbia University, where he served as a professor and the director of the photography program.

In a New York Times report published yesterday, five women went on record to say that Roma used his position to pursue sexual relationships with young female students starting over a decade ago.

The women say that Roma often promised to act as a mentor to them before making advances, including during meetings in his office. The alleged misconduct ranges from sexual harassment, manipulation, and coercion to an instance of oral rape.

One of the accusers is Mozhan Marno, a former student of Roma’s who went on to become an actress — she’s had roles in the TV series’ “House of Cards” and “The Blacklist.”

“He would also often remind them of his professional stature,” the Times reports. “That stature carries considerable influence, beyond the usual power disparity between professor and student: In the field of photography, Mr. Roma could make a difference by providing letters of reference, recommendations for grants, and introductions to art dealers and collectors.”

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