Finn Wolfhard leaves talent agency

Wolfhard leaves after his agent is accused of sexual assault

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Julieta Dentone, Author

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Finn Wolfhard, star of the hit show ‘Stranger Things’ and the movie ‘It’ has recently left his talent agency after making sexual assault allegations. APA (Agency for the Performing Arts) has fired the agent, Tyler Grasham, after fellow actor Blaise Godbe Lipman told the public his story from a decade ago.

Lipman first shared his story using the #MeToo campaign on Facebook, saying that the agent had gotten him drunk and then sexually assaulted him during a business lunch when he was just 17.  He did not initially name the APA agent. It was not until after Gresham ‘poked’ Lipman on the social media site that he revealed more details. Lipman wrote on Facebook, “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 aggressive? 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.” Lipman then proceeded to say that the ‘poke’ was the tipping point, and then called out Tyler Grasham.

Lipman then said that there is something positive about the attention Harvey Weinstein’s scandal has had. It shows that it is not only about Weinstein. Lipman’s story proves this. It is not just one person, the conversation has moved to the whole epidemic happening in the industry. Now that there is a place for victims to speak up, it will help to tear down the system that protects these predators.

Not only did Finn Wolfhard fire Grasham from being his agent, Cameron Boyce, an actor for Disney, also fired him. Kasey Kitchen, Boyce’s spokesperson, tells Deadline, “Whether or not Cameron will continue his relationship with APA remains to be seen,” and then later states,  “Tyler Grasham, however, is most definitely fired.”

There is something special about the firing of Tyler Grasham, as it was done by teenagers. Finn Wolfhard is 14, and Cameron Boyce is 18. Many people, especially on social media, have been questioning why two teenagers have had no hesitation to fire Grasham, but adults in the industry either defend the offender, or so not speak up. Sophomore Amaris Vargas says, “It’s more generational to me. Wolfhard and Boyce, and all teenagers, have been raised up differently than the adults. We have been surrounded by a different society where it is ok to speak up, and not to sit back and do nothing.”

Finn Wolfhard and Cameron Boyce have helped the situation in the industry, and have encouraged others to do the same, no matter the age or generation. Blaise Godbe Lipman has also hopefully inspired others to speak up, but only when someone is ready.

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