Controversial photographer David Hamilton found dead after rape allegations
The British art photographer David Hamilton, who inspired both outrage and praise for his images of nude young girls, has died in France aged 83.
According to French officials he was found in cardiac arrest at his Paris home on Friday night and emergency services were unable to revive him, however there were also reports that he took his own life.
Hamilton was recently accused of raping a 13-year-old muse in the 1980s and faced further allegations of historical abuse relating to several of his underage models.
The photographer, who had lived in France for decades, strongly denied the allegations and threatened to sue for defamation.
French TV and radio presenter Flavie Flament said she was raped in the 1980s by a famous photographer, in her autobiography published last month, according to French media.
Hamilton was named in reports as her alleged attacker, and other women have since come forward to make similar accusations.
The photographer said he was "outraged" that the presumption of innocence was being ignored, in a statement released last week, it was reported.
Hamilton's photographs of teenage girl models were branded indecent and pornographic by some, but his work also featured in high-end fashion magazines.
He was well-known for the grainy and blurred style of his photographs.