Following the women who have spoken out against Hollywood big shots like Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, young actors are stepping forward to expose the sexual assault they’ve experienced.
Actor Tyler Cornell has filed a complaint alleging he was sexually assaulted by former Hollywood agent Tyler Grasham, making him one of five men to accuse Grasham of sexual misconduct. The 20-year-old has appeared in the TV series, Tales of Titans.
Deadline first reported the allegations as a “sodomy crime report”, quoting an LAPD spokesperson. Cornell’s representative, Frederick Levy, told the Los Angeles Times that he could not provide further information and that his client is not yet ready to go public.
A person familiar with the complaint told the Times it concerns an incident that allegedly occurred this month.
The allegations mark Cornell as the fifth young actor to accuse Grasham of sexual harassment or assault.
Grasham was fired by his employer, Beverly Hills-based Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), on Oct. 20 as the first accusers went public.
According to the Times, the veteran agent’s unraveling began with accusations by filmmaker Blaise Godbe Lipman that he was assaulted by Grasham as a teenage actor in 2007. Since then, more allegations have surfaced, mostly made by young male actors who alleged Grasham plied them with alcohol and made unwanted sexual advances.
In a statement earlier this week, APA said that it “will fully cooperate with any and all investigations conducted by the authorities as they proceed.”
Shortly before Grasham was fired, his most prominent client, actor Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things and It fame left APA following the allegations.
Unfortunately, the sexual assault of young actors is not a new crime in Hollywood. Actors Todd Bridges (Different Strokes) and Corey Feldman (The Goonies, Lost Boys) have been vocal about the sexual abuse they suffered as young actors. And House of Cards star Kevin Spacey was recently accused of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old actor. In recent weeks, Feldman, a longtime friend and supporter of the late Michael Jackson, has been vocal and says he plans to expose Hollywood pedophiles.
“As most victims have, I’ve been made to feel awkward, misunderstood, and I’ve been degraded at great levels,” he said in his ‘Truth Campaign’ YouTube video.
“Rumors have been told, stories have been made up about me. I’ve been insulted and degraded in ways that were unimaginable to me. All because they fear what I know as the truth. And I’m not alone. I know that there’s thousands [of] others that have experienced what I experienced in the entertainment industry. I also know that there’s peers of mine that know exactly what I’m talking about and know all the details, but have been afraid to come forward with their own truth.”