Actor and Forever in Your Thoughts boy band member Ricky Garcia has accused his passe manager of raping him continually for years and other Hollywood executives of sexually assaulting him.
A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Tuesday on Garcia’s behalf alleges that skills manager Joby Harte raped Garcia, 20, whereas he represented him and helped him assemble reputation over the course of several years, foundation when Garcia used to be 12 years extinct.
The swimsuit, viewed by NBC News, additionally alleges that Harte “groomed Garcia into his private sexual plaything that will be handed round to his chums within the commercial,” including skills manager Nils Larsen and Tyler Grasham, who used to be fired from the Agency for the Performing Arts in 2018 after a filmmaker accused him of sexual assault.
Grasham has no longer publicly addressed the 2018 allegations, but the Los Angeles district criminal official’s situation of job declined to prosecute him in keeping with a lack of evidence and the statute of boundaries, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Harte did no longer reply to a search recordsdata from for instruct. Larsen or Grasham additionally did no longer reply to requests for instruct.
“Harte sexually assaulted Mr. Garcia on a nearly weekly foundation, and additionally made him accessible to be abused,” stated the swimsuit which alleges Harte had on lots of times gotten Garcia blackout drunk and raped him. Garcia would wake up bare and careworn, the swimsuit stated. Harte assaulted Garcia on trips, after occasions, at the manager’s home, and at spas, the swimsuit stated.
Garcia, who looked on Fox’s “The X Element,” starred on the Disney Channel comedy “Most tasty Chums At any time when” and costarred within the movie “Bigger Fatter Liar,” believed that “if he disclosed what befell to him, he would lose his profession, chums, band mates and family,” the swimsuit stated.
But in 2018, struggling from “mountainous shame and embarrassment,” Garcia suggested Harte’s passe assistant about the years of alleged sexual abuse. The assistant suggested Garcia’s mom.
When Garcia’s mom confronted Harte, he suggested her that the abuse used to be “fair horseplay,” the swimsuit stated. But he additionally admitted that he “did no longer behave cherish an adult.”
The swimsuit alleges that “Mr. Garcia’s tense skills of being sexually victimized and preyed upon by Harte — and others — wreaked havoc on his relationships with family and chums, and finally drove Mr. Garcia to plan end a hiatus from the alternate fair for the time being his profession will need to had been on the ascend as one of Hollywood’s preeminent young celebrities.”
“Mr. Garcia has bravely stepped ahead to affix the #metoo circulation, to reclaim his dignity and uncover that victims cherish him ought to be heard,” his attorneys, Michael S. Popok and Ben Meiselas, stated in a press liberate.
Garcia is searching for punitive and compensatory damages. His attorneys did no longer reply to messages asking if he had contacted the police about the alleged assaults.