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According to a source cited by Reuters, Hamilton died of asphyxiation. His body was found by a neighbor.
In a book released last month, Flament accused 83-year-old Hamilton of raping her in the southern French beach resort town of Cap d’Agde when she was a child in 1987. France’s statute of limitations for the rape of a minor is set at 20 years after the victim has reached adulthood. Today Flament is 42, thus four years too late to file a lawsuit against the famed photographer.
Hamilton vigorously denied Flament’s accusation, saying in a press release that he was “particularly offended by the complete absence of the presumption of innocence” by French journalists.
Since Flament’s allegations, however, at least two other women have come forward claiming they were also raped by the photographer in his Cap d’Agde studio as young girls.
Hamilton gained international notoriety in the 1970s and 80s as a fashion photographer, but is best known for his nude images of young teenage girls. Originally from London, he spent most of his life in France.