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Update, 4:30 p.m. PST: Star of the It remake and Stranger Things Finn Wolfhard has fired Tyler Grasham from representing him. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Grasham is currently on leave from his agency pending an internal investigation into the matter.
Blaise Godbe Lipman is a film director, screenwriter and actor. He began his career acting on series such as The Office, Weeds, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, numerous Disney programs, TV movies and acclaimed dramas. Earlier this week, the former teen actor publicly accused a Hollywood agent of sexual assault on his social media.
The agent accused is Tyler Grasham, who Lipman says he met when he was 17 or 18 years old. He said he was assaulted the summer he turned 18, but “cannot recall if the date of the assault was before or after his birthday.”
Grasham is an agent at the prestigious Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), a talent agency with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Atlanta, Toronto and London. The agency currently represents Kate McKinnon and Mira Sorvino. Grasham is an agent dedicated to up-and-coming young talent, and currently represents Finn Wolfhard, the 14-year-old from Stranger Things and It, as well as Keegan Allen from Pretty Little Liars and King Cobra.
Lipman told TheWrap he first met Grasham at APA’s office and later they had another meeting at a restaurant where he “got me drunk.” The assault happened at Grasham’s home after that dinner, Lipman said. After the assault, he says Grasham recruited friends of his to call Lipman and berate him or pressure him to stay silent.
In response to Blaise’s allegations, APA plans to hire a third-party firm to investigate the allegations. A spokesperson for the agency told The Wrap, “APA takes these allegations extremely seriously and is investigating this matter.”
However, when asked about Grasham’s current employment status, the rep said APA doesn’t comment on “confidential personnel matters.” Grisham deleted his Facebook and Instagram since the post went up.
See Lipman’s entire post about Tyler Grasham here:
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.
The “poke” reminded me about Tyler’s harassment after the ordeal. He told me I’d never work in this biz. He’d have his friends drunklenly call me and berate me. 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.
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. 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.
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