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Finn Wolfhard Immediately Fired Agent Who Was Accused Of Sexual Assault

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Finn Wolfhard Immediately Fired Agent Who Was Accused Of Sexual Assault

Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard has revealed he immediately fired his former agent Tyler Grasham after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him in 2017.

In October of that year when the #MeToo movement began to spread, Grasham was accused by several male actors of sexual assault.

Although the Los Angeles District Attorney did not file charges, in a new interview with the Washington Post, Wolfhard opened up about how he didn't think twice about dropping Grasham.

The 18-year-old, who was 14 at the time of the decision, told the publication: "He was abusing his power. When it comes to something like that, you can't be personal, like, 'Yeah, but I've met him and he's really nice.'

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"When something incredibly serious and awful like that comes out, there's no going back. When I found that out, I was like, 'Oh, absolutely fire him. That's insane.'

"I felt so terrible for the people who were harmed by this person."

Finn Wolfhard. Credit: Alamy
Finn Wolfhard. Credit: Alamy

Grasham was fired from the APA talent agency after the allegations came to light, the first being from former child actor Blaise Godbe Lipman who appeared in films such as The Dark Place and Nobody Walks.

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In a Facebook post following the #MeToo viral thread, Blaise claimed Grasham assaulted him while he was underage.

He claimed: "Tyler Grasham, under the pretence of a business meeting regarding potential agency representation at APA Agency, fed me alcohol while I was underage and sexually assaulted me.

"APA Agency has kept this man employed, working with kid actors. I find it incredibly difficult to believe they do not know of his predatory behaviour, using his position within the company to prey on naive kids.

"Although his power in this biz is nowhere near Weinstein level, the collective power of agents is massive.

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Blaise Godbe Lipman in The Dark Place. Credit: Alamy
Blaise Godbe Lipman in The Dark Place. Credit: Alamy

"I hope the light that's shed by the newly empowered victims who are coming forward, makes predators think twice.

"Change is slow but I hope this is a big jump start."

Deadline confirmed at the time that shortly after the allegations came to light, Grasham was put on leave before being fired from APA.

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A second accuser, film and TV editor Lucas Ozarowski, also claimed he was assaulted by Grasham.

Although police reports were filed against the agent, no charges were made following an investigation from the LAPD.

The Wrap reported in 2018: "Of the four accusations against him, two were found to be outside the statute of limitations, one was dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence, and one was referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney's office, for possible filing as a misdemeanor."

Wolfhard, who has since signed with CAA talent agency, is best known for his roles in Netflix's Stranger Things and It.

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The star turned his sights to filmmaking at the age of 17, making his directorial debut in August last year with the comedy short Night Shifts, and is now working on his first feature film.

Words: Daisy Phillipson

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: TV and Film, Stranger Things, Finn Wolfhard

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