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05/14/2012 07:03 pm ET Updated Jun 11, 2012

Paul Rusconi, Malibu Artist, Cleared Of Child Pornography Allegations (VIDEO)

After being cleared Friday of allegations that he committed lewd acts on his 20-month-old twin daughters and used them to create child pornography, famed Malibu photographer Paul Rusconi cried.

It's been almost a year since distant family members, the nanny who took care of Rusconi's two girls, and her husband, accused him of child pornography after seeing photos that he had taken of himself with his daughters in a bathtub, KTLA reports.

To see the picture that led to the accusations, watch the video above.

Rusconi believes that the couple targeted him because he is a gay single father. "They all called me a sexual deviant and a pervert," Rusconi told KTLA. "That's all stemming from my sexuality."

The day he was arrested, June 17, 2011, Rusconi's two daughters were taken away from him and given to his accusers, who had convinced authorities they were the best caretakers for the twins. Rusconi was held overnight in jail and then released on $220,000 bail.

Six months later, a sexual assault kit produced negative results and prosecutors were unconvinced by the allegations, so the artist got his daughters back.

Rusconi is now suing his accusers and told KTLA, "My circle is much tighter. The people I let into my life is much tighter, and I intend on keeping it that way."

The photographer is known for his celebrity photography, including photos featuring Mary-Kate Olsen, Tyra Banks, Karl Lagerfeld, and President Barack Obama.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Paul Rusconi was being investigated for raping his daughters. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department clarified to The Huffington Post that Rusconi was officially being investigated for lewd acts upon his children and child pornography.

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