APA agent Tyler Grasham has been fired following a sexual assault claims made against him, EW has confirmed. Manfred Westphal, head of communications for APA, said in a statement,
“Tyler Grasham’s employment with APA has been terminated, effective immediately.”
EW reported that earlier Friday, Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard, 14, fired Grasham and parted ways with the agency just a few days after multiple accusations were leveled at the agent by former clients, including Blaise Godbe Lipman, 28, who has appeared in episodes of Weeds and Hawaii-Five-O.
The young Descendants star, Cameron Boyce, 18, has also fired Grasham, according to EW. His spokes person said,
“Whether or not Cameron will continue his relationship with APA remains to be seen.”
Orphan Black’s Jordan Gavaris, 27, tweeted that Grasham had also repeatedly harassed him about his sexual orientation when he was 21, and threatened his career if he didn’t sign to APA. Gavaris who plays the “exuberantly gay” Felix Dawkins on the hit show, came out as gay this summer although he’d been out to his family since he was 19.
The allegations against Grasham come two weeks after the initial New York Times exposé detailing “decades” of sexual misconduct by producer Harvey Weinstein.
All of this came out because of the #MeToo hashtag postings on Facebook. Originally, actor-turned-filmmaker Lipman (a.k.a. Blaise Embry) joined in on the movement to share his story of assault at the hands of a
“prominent talent agent from the firm APA.”
when he was 17. After he came forward, he received a “poke” on Facebook from Grasham, which led Lipman to pen a follow-up social media post outing Grasham as the assaulter.
Blaise Embry wrote,
“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.”
What he said.