Phillip Bloch sues Resident and Uptown magazines


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Stylist-to-the-stars Phillip Bloch has filed complaints with New York state’s Department of Labor concerning two magazines he claims have failed to reimburse him for expenses.

Bloch directed photo shoots of actor Michael Shannon — recently nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “Nocturnal Animals” — for Resident magazine and Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o (“Queen of Katwe”) for Uptown magazine.

Although he was offered free liquor, hotel rooms and restaurant meals from advertisers, Bloch said he couldn’t get reimbursed for taxis, or hair and makeup supplies.

On two shoots where his crew worked more than eight hours straight, the stylist bought food for the crew and couldn’t get repaid.

“I gave them pizza on one shoot and chicken wings on another, and the editor said, ‘I never approved feeding people.’”

“This is going on continually,” Bloch told me. “The people at the magazines are so disrespectful about it — to take people’s time and creativity for granted. It’s just not right.”

Resident’s associate publisher Melissa Kassis told me, “We told him from the beginning it was [by] barter and we weren’t paying for anything.”

After suffering through numerous “bullying” phone calls from Bloch, Kassis won’t work with him again. “It became beyond difficult,” she said.

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