Actor and Ceaselessly in Your Thoughts boy band member Ricky Garcia has accused his former supervisor of raping him again and again for years and different Hollywood executives of sexually assaulting him.
A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Tuesday on Garcia’s behalf alleges that ability supervisor Joby Harte raped Garcia, 20, whilst he represented him and helped him achieve repute over the process a number of years, starting when Garcia was once 12 years previous.
The go well with, observed through NBC Information, additionally alleges that Harte “groomed Garcia into his non-public sexual plaything that may be handed round to his pals within the trade,” together with ability supervisor Nils Larsen and Tyler Grasham, who was once fired from the Company for the Acting Arts in 2018 after a filmmaker accused him of sexual attack.
Grasham has no longer publicly addressed the 2018 allegations, however the Los Angeles district legal professional’s place of work declined to prosecute him in keeping with a loss of proof and the statute of barriers, the Los Angeles Occasions reported.
Harte didn’t reply to a request for remark. Larsen or Grasham additionally didn’t reply to requests for remark.
“Harte sexually assaulted Mr. Garcia on a virtually weekly foundation, and likewise made him to be had to be abused,” mentioned the go well with which alleges Harte had on a lot of events gotten Garcia blackout inebriated and raped him. Garcia would get up bare and at a loss for words, the go well with mentioned. Harte assaulted Garcia on journeys, after events, on the supervisor’s house, and at spas, the go well with mentioned.
Garcia, who gave the impression on Fox’s “The X Issue,” starred at the Disney Channel comedy “Highest Buddies Every time” and costarred within the movie “Larger Fatter Liar,” believed that “if he disclosed what came about to him, he would lose his occupation, pals, band pals and circle of relatives,” the go well with mentioned.
However in 2018, affected by “immense disgrace and embarrassment,” Garcia instructed Harte’s former assistant in regards to the years of alleged sexual abuse. The assistant instructed Garcia’s mom.
When Garcia’s mom faced Harte, he instructed her that the abuse was once “simply horseplay,” the go well with mentioned. However he additionally admitted that he “didn’t behave like an grownup.”
The go well with alleges that “Mr. Garcia’s anxious enjoy of being sexually victimized and preyed upon through Harte — and others — wreaked havoc on his relationships with friends and family, and in the long run drove Mr. Garcia to take a hiatus from the trade simply at the present time his occupation must had been at the ascend as considered one of Hollywood’s preeminent younger celebrities.”
“Mr. Garcia has bravely stepped ahead to sign up for the #metoo motion, to reclaim his dignity and claim that sufferers like him should be heard,” his lawyers, Michael S. Popok and Ben Meiselas, mentioned in a commentary.
Garcia is looking for punitive and compensatory damages. His attorneys didn’t reply to messages asking if he had contacted the police in regards to the alleged attacks.