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Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard has fired his agent after he was accused of sexual assault

The agent, Tyler Grasham, has also been fired from the agency he worked for.

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER and Variety, have been in contact with spokespeople who have confirmed that talent agent Tyler Grasham has been fired from APA (Agency for the Performing Arts) following sexual abuse allegations made by a former client.

They’ve also confirmed that 14-year-old star of IT and Stranger Things Finn Wolfhard has dropped the agent whose client list ‘consists predominantly of child actors‘. Wolfhard’s spokesperson declined to comment on the situation.

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APA is currently investigating a ‘string of allegations’ made against Tyler Grasham, after actor and filmmaker Blaise Godbe Lipman took to Facebook to share a story about when he faced sexual abuse from a prominent agent from APA. He did not name the agent in his original Facebook post.

Lipman wrote that an agent allegedly got him drunk before sexually assaulting him:

We had a ‘business’ lunch to discuss potential [representation]. He ordered me a drink. I said I was 17. He said ‘Don’t be rude, this is business. This is how things are done.’ I didn’t know any better. He got me drunk, etc etc etc. SUCH A TIRED CLICHE… He’s still at APA representing tons of young talent, using a position of power to coerce young boys. Like Weinstein, everyone knows.

After Blaise shared his story of sexual abuse to Facebook, he received a ‘poke’ from Grasham, who was not even connected with him on the website.

As a result of Grasham’s disgustingly brazen gesture, Lipman proceeded to post more details about the events.

Yesterday I posted my “me too” contribution, briefly sharing my experience with sexual assault at the hands of a man in a position of power in the entertainment industry. I didn’t name names, just the company he worked for. People poured out of the woodwork in private message, aware of who I must be talking about. His reputation was enough, I didn’t have to say a name.

Lipman then wrote that despite the fact there has been zero correspondence between the two men in over a decade, Grasham ‘passive aggressively’ poked him on Facebook. Lipman questioned whether it was “an abuser making himself known, a quiet threat or an admission of guilt with a smirky ‘just try me’.”

I don’t know and I don’t care. It felt gross.

Lipman wrote that this was a tipping point for him, and he decided that it was time to name the man who allegedly abused him.

Tyler Grasham, under the pretense of a business meeting regarding potential agency representation at APA Agency, fed me alcohol while I was underage and sexually assaulted me.

Following the posts made by Blaise on Facebook, an APA spokesperson said that “Tyler Grasham’s employment with APA has been terminated effective immediately.”

A further two men  have accused Grasham of sexual harassment or assault since.

Lipman also wrote:

I have nothing against APA or Tyler’s clientele. I wish them all the best through this tough time. Also I am thankful for the women who have come out against Harvey Weinstein. I do not wish to overshadow their struggle. Women, I believe, have it much worse in this industry and I hope this can lead to a sweeping wake-up call in the industry on all sides.

The Hollywood Reporter added that Finn Wolfhard has yet to sign with a new agency, but is being pursued by the Creative Artists Agency whose clientele include Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Saoirse Ronan, Steven Spielberg and many other huge names. Paradigm, WME, and UTA are also reportedly interested in the young man.

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