Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard fires his agent, Tyler Grasham from APA Talent Agency, after accusations of sexual assault. There is no denying that the recent accusations of sexual harassment and assault by Harvey Weinstein have had an effect on Hollywood. Whereas previous accusations against other Hollywood directors, producers, and actors have often yielded few results, this time the response has been staggering. Weinstein was fired from his own company and removed from the Academy. Numerous female Hollywood A-Listers have added their own accusations, while some men have come out in support of these women. Kevin Smith is even donating his future residuals from movies he made with Weinstein to the nonprofit group Women in Film.
And now it seems like this was only the tip of the iceberg. Many big names in Hollywood have been accused of similar crimes in the past, and continue not only to make movies but even to win awards and praise for them, such as Roman Polanski and Woody Allen. But now that Weinstein has fallen so far from grace, it seems like he might only be the first of several, if not many, to be held accountable for mistreating the people they work with in the movie and TV business. Already Weinstein’s brother Bob has also been accused. And he is not the only one.
According to Variety, talent agent Tyler Grasham has been fired from APA after an accusation of him sexually assaulting a teenager was made public. Previous to being fired, Grasham had represented teenage actor Finn Wolfhard – star of Stranger Things and IT – but the young actor severed ties with Grasham earlier today, as did Descendants star Cameron Boyce.
Filmmaker and actor Blaise Godbe Lipman is the one who accused Grasham. On Monday, Lipman posted his account of having been sexually assaulted as a teenager as a part of the #MeToo campaign to bring awareness to how frequent sexual harassment and assault truly are. In his initial post, he did not name the person who assaulted him, but then Grasham sent him a ‘poke’ on Facebook, after more than a decade without correspondence. Lipman, unsure whether it was a threat to keep silent or an acknowledgement of what had happened to him, decided to name Grasham. The following day, he did.
Within a few days, Wolfhard left APA. At this time he has not found new representation. Though with IT being such a success, Stranger Things season 2 about to air, and an upcoming job on the Carmen Sandiego reboot, the talented young actor should have his choice of agents very quickly.
And Grasham – whose client list has mostly been child actors like Wolfhard, and like Lipman was a decade ago – has been fired. It is unknown at this time if other accusers will come forward, or if legal action of any kind will be taken against him.
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