Hollywood agent Tyler Grasham, whose clients mainly consist of young actors, has been fired following a sexual abuse allegation, with some speculating that more accusers will step forward.
Grasham joins the ever-growing list of powerful men accused of and outed for sexually predatory behavior in Hollywood. The Agency of Performing Arts told Variety that they fired him following the accusations by filmmaker Blaise Godbe Lipman.
In the wake of the sexual allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, the explosive allegations against Grasham sheds light on the extent of sexual abuse in Hollywood.
On Tuesday, Lipman took to Facebook to participate in the #MeToo hashtag, and identified Grasham as the man who assaulted him as a teenager. Lipman described the assault a day earlier, but kept the agent anonymous.
Grasham, whose client list consists mainly of child actors, represented “Stranger Things” actor Finn Wolfhard, who plays the role of main character Mike Wheeler. Wolfhard also starred in the horror film “It.” Wheeler left the agency on Friday, following the allegations against Grasham. Wolfhard’s spokesperson declined to comment on the issue.
On Monday, Lipman briefly recounted on Facebook the alleged sexual assault he experienced as a teenager, in 2007. Speaking to The Wrap, he decided to come forward with the full story after Grasham “poked” him on Facebook, following a decade of no contact.
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 his name.
We haven’t had any correspondence in a decade, and aren’t friends on FB, yet today, out of the blue, he “pokes” me. He must have been made aware of the post by one of our many mutuals. Was his poke passive agressive? An abuser making himself known, a quiet threat? An admission of guilt with a smirky, ‘just try me’ ? I don’t know and I don’t care. It felt gross.
And it was the tipping point that made me me want to open up in a real frank way. His name is Tyler Grasham, an agent at APA Agency.
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.
Lipman said that he was harassed and threatened by Grasham following the ordeal, and that the agent’s friends would even drunkenly call him up to berate him.
“I didn’t do anything at the time. I was young and desperately wanted acceptance within my industry. His threats felt very real. Although my initial reaction yesterday and today was to not make this about me, there’s no better time. Tyler Grasham is still working at APA, where’s his been representing children and teenagers for the last ten years since this happened,” explained Lipman.
“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,” said Lipman.
“APA Agency has kept this man employed, working with kid actors. I find it incredibly difficult to believe they do not know of his predatory behavior, using his position within the company to prey on naive kids. Although his power in this biz is no where near Weinstein level, the collective power of agents is massive. I hope the light that’s shed by the newly empowered victims who are coming forward, makes predators think twice. Change is slow but I hope this is a big jump start.”
Lipman isn’t the only person in the entertainment industry to come out against Grisham. The Wrap reports that 19-year-old Brady Lindsey was propositioned by the former agent when he was only 16 to become his boyfriend.
Lindsey says that when he moved to Hollywood at age 18, Grisham reportedly invited him to dinner, proffering him multiple glasses of wine and made sexual advances.
“I told him ‘no’ at a certain point, [because] he got a little too physical,” Lindsey said. “But I didn’t want to discourage him because of the [career] ramifications.”