Finn Wolfhard Fires Agent Over Sexual Assault Allegations
Finn Wolfhard (right) — the young actor who is having a banner year hot off the success of blockbuster ‘It’ and the imminent release of season two of the Netflix phenom Stranger Things — has parted ways with APA agent Tyler Grasham (left) after two men came forward alleging abuse.
The gay agent is facing a string of claims that he sexually assaulted or acted inappropriately with young aspiring male actors, including actor-turned-filmmaker Blaise Godbe Lipman.
It’s no coincidence that claims of sexual misconduct surfaced this week in light of the damning allegations facing industry mogul Harvey Weinstein. The story has pushed conversations about sexual misconduct and harassment to the forefront not only in Hollywood but also the culture at large. Specifically, this claim brings to light the complicated issue of how gay men interact with one another in Hollywood.
Blaise Godbe Lipman
One of those who came forward is Lipman, who, on Oct. 15, used Facebook to allege that he had been assaulted by a prominent talent agent from the firm APA. He detailed the alleged “sexual assault at the hands of a man in a position of power in the entertainment industry,” who he says “fed me alcohol while I was underage and sexually assaulted me.” He added that after the alleged incident took place, and Lipman rejected him, Grasham would “have his friends drunkenly call me and berate me,” in addition to orchestrating a smear campaign of sorts to damage his reputation and “out” him (Lipman, who is gay, was not out at the time.) “I didn’t do anything at the time. I was young and desperately wanted acceptance within the industry,” he wrote.
After Lipman’s accusations — additional men came forward with claims. One of those, Lucas Ozarowski, shared details the interaction he had with Grasham in January 2016. “Tyler was trying to get me highly intoxicated. Buying me drink after drink. Eventually I had to start leaving them in the bathroom to avoid suspicion,” he claims, in a message sent to THR. Later than night, he alleges that, “Tyler reaches over and shoves his hand aggressively down my front pants and grabs my genitalia. I forcibly rip his hand out get up, tell him ‘That was highly inappropriate’ and leave his home.”
He adds: “I’d like to state that 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.”
As we write this story, we remember the late Brad Renfro. RIP. Renfro’s life was cut short from suicide at the young age of 25 . He suffered a life of physical and emotional abuse from the hands of Child Predators that plague Hollywood.