Finn Wolfhard — the 14-year-old actor who is having a banner year hot off the success of blockbuster It and the imminent release of season two of the Netflix phenom Stranger Things — has parted ways with APA and agent Tyler Grasham.
The move comes as Grasham is facing a string of claims that he sexually assaulted or acted inappropriately with young aspiring male actors, including actor-turned-filmmaker Blaise Godbe Lipman.
Grasham, a prominent agent at APA who also reps Hayley Orrantia, is currently on leave from the agency, sources confirm, while the company investigates the allegations. THR reached out to APA for comment and while the agency confirmed it is looking into the matter, a spokesperson declined to discuss or confirm the agent’s status.
“APA takes these allegations extremely seriously and is investigating this matter,” an agency spokesperson told THR. Additional questions regarding Grasham’s employment were declined due to it being a confidential personnel matter.
It is understood that the agency has enlisted an independent, neutral investigator to research the claims. In light of the accusations, Grasham has set his Instagram to private and deleted his Facebook account.
As for Wolfhard, he has yet to sign with a new agency as of press time, but sources tell THR that CAA, WME, UTA and Paradigm are pursuing the young actor in the wake of his recent successes.
It’s no coincidence that claims of sexual misconduct surfaced this week in light of the damning allegations facing industry mogul Harvey Weinstein. The story has pushed conversations about sexual misconduct and harassment to the forefront not only in Hollywood but also the culture at large. Specifically, this claim brings to light the complicated issue of how gay men interact with one another in Hollywood, a conversation that has yet to reach the same fever pitch.
This particular story got kickstarted during the “Me Too” social media movement last weekend. The movement — with roots belonging to to activist Tarana Burke and later supported by actress Alyssa Milano with #MeToo — continues to grow and, by some estimates, has elicited millions of responses.
One of those came from Lipman, who, on Oct. 15, used Facebook to allege that he had been assaulted by a prominent talent agent from the firm APA. He declined to name the agent Sunday night, but offered a few details: “We had a ‘business’ lunch to discuss potential [representation]. He ordered me a drink. I said I was 17. He said don’t be rude, this is business, this is how things are done. I didn’t know better. He got me drunk, etc etc etc. SUCH A TIRED CLICHE. … He’s still at APA representing tons of young talent, using a position of power to coerce young boys. Like [Harvey] Weinstein, everyone knows.”
After sharing the post, Lipman tells THR that he received a “poke” on Facebook from Grasham despite the fact that they are not connected on the social media platform. The move prompted Lipman to post additional details and the name of the man he claims assaulted him.