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Gay Hollywood Agent Tyler Grasham Fired After Sexual Assault Allegations

 

Two men have have come forward and accused Tyler Grasham a talent agent at APA of sexually assaulting them. 

Via Deadline:

Former child actor Blaise Godbe Lipman, 28, says agent Tyler Grasham assaulted him 10 years ago when he was seeking representation. “Tyler Grasham, under the pretense of a business meeting regarding potential agency representation at APA Agency, fed me alcohol while I was underage and sexually assaulted me,” he wrote Monday on Facebook. 

Lucas Ozarowski, a 27-year-old film and TV editor, says he also was assaulted by Grasham. He said he has contacted Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer with the story and will file a report with the LAPD today.

Lipman posted that the recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein gave him the courage to finally come forward with his story.

“The positive thing about the attention the Weinstein scandal has had, is it’s no longer about Harvey,” he wrote. “The conversation has moved on to the size of this epidemic and how to dismantle the system that protects these predators. And it’s given space and courage for victims to speak up, against their abuse. This is bigger than Weinstein.”

A spokesman for APA Agency confirmed the termination Friday. “Tyler Grasham’s employment has been terminated with APA effective immediately,” 

One employee noted that it “has been a hard few days at the agency,” but they are indeed trying to place Grasham’s clients with other agents inside APA.

Gay Exchange Student Loses Fellowship and Threatened With Deportation After Reporting Professor For Sexual Harassment

*EXCLUSIVE – Openly Gay Chilean Exchange Student At Columbia University Loses Fellowship and Threatened With Deportation After Reporting Professor For Sexual Harassment

Alberto Leguina an openly gay Chilean exchange student and Fellow at the prestigious Columbia University in New York City had his ruined and his Fellowship terminated after lodging a sexual harassment complaint against  Professor Qais Al-Awqati Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.

Alberto claims that during his first week of work at Columbia University under  Professor I Al-Awqati that he sexually propositioned him in an instant messages that asked if he would “date” an older man.   After rejecting his advances Qais Al-Awqati told Alberto “You are out!” but later apologized to Alberto and presented him with a new Macbook that he bought with University funds.  Upset by what was happening Alberto went through proper channels and made a complaint with Columbia University’s Human Resources which promised that a full investigation would be made,.

Three months later not only Columbia’s Human Resource Department NOT investigated Alberto’s sexual harrasment report against Al-Awquati.  Unbeknownst to him Al-Awqati  had sent a false progress report to the director of the PhD program at his home school of the  Universidad Catolica in Chile claiming that Alberto’s performance in the lab was not “up to the expectations of a Columbia Fellow” and that “he was lazy”.  A few days later Columbia University and  the Universidad Catolica cancelled Alberto’s Fellowship and he was petitioned to return home to his native Chile and threatened with deportation.

With no other options left Alberto represented by the law firm of Philip’s and Philip’s and with the help of New York City’s Anti-Violence Project has filed a lawsuit against Qais Al-Awqati and  the Board of Trustee’s of Columbia University for restitution and to also raise awareness of the Latino, LGBT, and scientific community about the discriminatory, unethical practices used by Columbia University and the whitewash that has been perpetrated upon him by to protect Professor Qais Al-Awqati