Actor and Perpetually in Your Thoughts boy band member Ricky Garcia has accused his former supervisor of raping him many times for years and different Hollywood executives of sexually assaulting him.
A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Tuesday on Garcia’s behalf alleges that skill supervisor Joby Harte raped Garcia, 20, whilst he represented him and helped him acquire repute over the process a number of years, starting when Garcia used to be 12 years previous.
The go well with, noticed by means of NBC Information, additionally alleges that Harte “groomed Garcia into his non-public sexual plaything which may be handed round to his pals within the industry,” together with skill supervisor Nils Larsen and Tyler Grasham, who used to be 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 business declined to prosecute him according to a loss of proof and the statute of obstacles, 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 in addition made him to be had to be abused,” stated the go well with which alleges Harte had on a large number of events gotten Garcia blackout inebriated and raped him. Garcia would get up bare and perplexed, the go well with stated. Harte assaulted Garcia on journeys, after events, on the supervisor’s house, and at spas, the go well with stated.
Garcia, who gave the impression on Fox’s “The X Issue,” starred at the Disney Channel comedy “Easiest Pals Every time” and costarred within the movie “Larger Fatter Liar,” believed that “if he disclosed what took place to him, he would lose his occupation, pals, band pals and circle of relatives,” the go well with stated.
However in 2018, affected by “immense disgrace and embarrassment,” Garcia instructed Harte’s former assistant concerning the years of alleged sexual abuse. The assistant instructed Garcia’s mom.
When Garcia’s mom faced Harte, he instructed her that the abuse used to be “simply horseplay,” the go well with stated. However he additionally admitted that he “didn’t behave like an grownup.”
The go well with alleges that “Mr. Garcia’s tense revel in of being sexually victimized and preyed upon by means of Harte — and others — wreaked havoc on his relationships with friends and family, and in the end drove Mr. Garcia to take a hiatus from the trade simply at the present time his occupation will have to were at the ascend as one in all Hollywood’s preeminent younger celebrities.”
“Mr. Garcia has bravely stepped ahead to enroll in the #metoo motion, to reclaim his dignity and claim that sufferers like him should be heard,” his lawyers, Michael S. Popok and Ben Meiselas, stated in a observation.
Garcia is looking for punitive and compensatory damages. His legal professionals didn’t reply to messages asking if he had contacted the police concerning the alleged attacks.