The 14-year-old star of the popular Netflix series, Stranger Things, fired his agent amid allegations that the agent sexually assaulted previous clients.
Hollywood Reporter reports teen actor, Finn Wolfhard, learned that his now former agent, Tyler Grasham, has been accused of “a string of” sexual abuse incidents, all involving young males who aspired to become famous in Hollywood.
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The young men said Grasham sexually assaulted and/or harassed them while they were trying to make names for themselves. The Los Angeles-based talent agency that Graham worked for, APA, fired the agent amid the controversy. The allegations are currently being investigated.
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The investigation began when filmmaker Blaise Godbe Lipman, now 28, came forward and claimed that Grasham sexually assaulted him decades ago, when the filmmaker was a teenager. Lipman said that Grasham supplied him with alcohol before making unwanted sexual moves him. Shortly after, two other men came forward and claimed Grasham sexually assaulted them as well, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“Tyler Grasham brought me to a party for another APA Agent at the Sandbox. He kept handing me drinks, one after another, until I had to start leaving them in the bathroom,” editor Lucas Ozarowski, now 27, wrote on Facebook. “My phone was left at his house charging so I couldn’t even leave if I wanted to. We finally got back to his place.”
“As I was sitting on his couch preparing to call an Uber he pulled my pants open and aggressively grabbed my genitalia. I had to forcibly remove his hand and got up and left his house,” said Ozarowski.
When Wolfhard, one of the agency’s most popular clients, left APA, the agency ended Grasham’s position and stated that they’re taking the claims seriously.
“APA takes these allegations extremely seriously and is investigating this matter…Tyler Grasham’s employment with APA has been terminated effective immediately.”
Lipman took to Facebook to air his past experiences involving Grasham. He indicated that although news about alleged Hollywood pedophiles surfaced after the recent Weinstein scandal, the movement is now “bigger than Weinstein,” as more victims of reported abuse continue to open up.
“The positive thing about the attention the Weinstein scandal has had, is it’s no longer about Harvey. The conversation has moved on to the size of this epidemic and how to dismantle the system that protects these predators. And it’s given space and courage for victims to speak up, against their abuse. This is bigger than Weinstein.”
Actor Brady Lindsey, 19, told Los Angeles Times that he was 16 years old when Grasham took him out to dinner, ordered him several glasses of wine, the proceeded to “grab his crotch” and make sexual advances that the actor wasn’t comfortable with.
Lindsey admitted that he let the first incident slide since he was a fresh face in Hollywood and didn’t want Grasham ruining his chances. Yet, when the unwanted sexual advances happened again in a different incident, the actor immediately left.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old actor Cameron Boyce, known for roles in movies, Eagle Eye and Grown Ups, also decided to drop Grasham as his agent.
Grasham has yet to comment on the investigation. He recently deleted all of his social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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