David Hamilton found dead amid allegations of historical rape
On Friday evening, days after allegations resurfaced that he had raped and sexually abused a number of his young models, the London-born photographer, who had repeatedly denied the accusations, was found dead in his Paris home. Police reported that a bottle of medication was found nearby, and declared that Hamilton, 83, had taken his own life.
Radio and television journalist Flavie Flament, 42, who had recently gone public to claim Hamilton raped her 30 years ago when she was 13, declared she was "devastated" by his death and accused him of "cowardice". Flament's claims, made in her recently published book, were vigorously denied by the photographer and her own mother, but three other women came forward anonymously to say Hamilton had raped and sexually assaulted them as girls.
source: Article 'David Hamilton found dead amid allegations of historical rape' by Kim Willsher; www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/nov/26/david-hamilton-found-dead-amid-allegations-of-historical; The Guardian; 26 November 2016