Miley Cyrus’s new music video, “Wrecking Ball,” debuted on September 9, and the clip is making headlines on the heels of the pop star’s controversial performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last month.
But at least the former “Hannah Montana” star wore clothes for MTV. In “Wrecking Ball,” Cyrus is au naturale as she does everyday things like lick a sledgehammer and straddle a wrecking ball.
The shocking video is also making waves due to the man who directed it. According to the Los Angeles Times, the video’s director, Terry Richardson, has a controversial past. Richardson – who’s also the man behind Kate Upton’s infamous Cat Daddy video -- has been repeatedly accused of exploiting and inappropriately touching models in the past.
Richardson has long denied the allegations, but in 2010 model Jamie Peck described a photo session with the photographer that left her feeling like she “needed to take two showers.” Ditto for Gucci and Victoria Secret model Rie Rasmussen, as well as several other women who have worked with him.
Richardson defended himself, writing: "I just want to take a moment to say I’m really hurt by the recent and false allegations of insensitivity and misconduct…I’ve always been considerate and respectful of the people I photograph and I view what I do as a real collaboration between myself and the people in front of the camera."
You can see the “Wrecking Ball” video here.