Child actors accuse Hollywood agent of sexual assault

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Hollywood agent Tyler Grasham was fired from Los Angeles-based talent agency APA on Friday after one of his top clients left the firm amid allegations that the agent sexually assaulted and harassed several young men, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times on Friday.

Actor Finn Wolfhard, 14, who starred in “Stranger Things” and “It” had been represented by Grasham before he abruptly left APA.

Filmmaker Blaise Godbe Lipman was the first to speak up on Monday, claiming that as a teenage actor a decade ago, the agent had “fed” him alcohol and then sexually assaulted him. At least two other clients of Grasham’s — an editor and an actor — have come out with the same types of allegations, inspired to talk about the abuse as part of the “#metoo” social media campaign, which calls out alleged sexual harassment in response to the unfolding scandal surrounding disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

“Tyler Grasham’s employment with APA has been terminated effective immediately,” the agency’s head of communications, Manfred Westphal, said in a statement.

Founded in 1962 by former MCA executives, APA’s website calls itself “one of the largest diversified talent agencies in Los Angeles.” In addition to many child actors, the firm represents musicians and other performers.

Lipman, 28, whose acting credits include appearances on several TV shows, including “Weeds” and “Hawaii Five-0,” made his allegations in a Facebook post Monday.


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