Actor and With out smash in Your Mind boy band member Ricky Garcia has accused his worn manager of raping him over and over for years and diversified Hollywood executives of sexually assaulting him.
A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Tuesday on Garcia’s behalf alleges that expertise manager Joby Harte raped Garcia, 20, while he represented him and helped him develop reputation over the route of a total lot of years, origin when Garcia became 12 years out of date.
The swimsuit, seen by NBC News, also alleges that Harte “groomed Garcia into his private sexual plaything that is more likely to be handed around to his chums in the industry,” collectively with expertise manager Nils Larsen and Tyler Grasham, who became fired from the Agency for the Performing Arts in 2018 after a filmmaker accused him of sexual assault.
Grasham has not publicly addressed the 2018 allegations, nonetheless the Los Angeles district prison legit’s workplace declined to prosecute him fixed with a lack of proof and the statute of obstacles, the Los Angeles Cases reported.
Harte did not acknowledge to a ask for comment. Larsen or Grasham also did not acknowledge to requests for comment.
“Harte sexually assaulted Mr. Garcia on an nearly weekly basis, and also made him available in the market to be abused,” mentioned the swimsuit which alleges Harte had on a form of events gotten Garcia blackout inebriated and raped him. Garcia would gain up bare and confused, the swimsuit mentioned. Harte assaulted Garcia on trips, after events, at the manager’s residence, and at spas, the swimsuit mentioned.
Garcia, who regarded on Fox’s “The X Say,” starred on the Disney Channel comedy “Top Pals At any time when” and costarred in the movie “Bigger Fatter Liar,” believed that “if he disclosed what came about to him, he would lose his profession, chums, band mates and family,” the swimsuit mentioned.
However in 2018, struggling from “substantial disgrace and embarrassment,” Garcia told Harte’s worn assistant referring to the years of alleged sexual abuse. The assistant told Garcia’s mother.
When Garcia’s mother confronted Harte, he told her that the abuse became “appropriate horseplay,” the swimsuit mentioned. However he also admitted that he “did not behave fancy an adult.”
The swimsuit alleges that “Mr. Garcia’s stressful experience of being sexually victimized and preyed upon by Harte — and others — wreaked havoc on his relationships with family and chums, and in the smash drove Mr. Garcia to buy a hiatus from the synthetic appropriate for the time being his profession need to accept as true with been on the ascend as idea to be one of Hollywood’s preeminent younger celebrities.”
“Mr. Garcia has bravely stepped forward to affix the #metoo motion, to reclaim his dignity and repeat that victims fancy him need to be heard,” his attorneys, Michael S. Popok and Ben Meiselas, mentioned in a assertion.
Garcia is in the hunt for punitive and compensatory damages. His lawyers did not acknowledge to messages asking if he had contacted the police referring to the alleged assaults.