- The Washington Times - Friday, October 20, 2017

One of the teen stars on “Stranger Things” has left the APA talent agency after his agent was accused of sexual assault by filmmaker Blaise Godbe Lipman.

Finn Wolfhard plays Mike Wheeler on the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things,” but he is now without an agent as the Hollywood sex scandal that began with an exposé on producer Harvey Weinstein continues to unfold. Initial reporting on the teen’s departure from APA was confirmed soon afterward by Variety.

“APA takes these allegations extremely seriously and is investigating this matter,” the agency said in a statement.

The company said an independent party has been assigned to investigate charges leveled against agent Tyler Grasham.

Mr. Lipman’s decision to go public with his accusation began Monday when social media sites began a #MeToo hashtag campaign to highlight sexual assault in the workforce.

The 28-year-old director then said on Facebook that his participation in the campaign prompted a Facebook “poke” by Mr. Grasham on Tuesday.

“We haven’t had any correspondence in a decade, and aren’t friends on FB, yet today, out of the blue, he ‘pokes’ me,” the filmmaker wrote. “He must have been made aware of the post by one of our many mutuals. Was his poke passive aggressive? An abuser making himself known, a quiet threat? An admission of guilt with a smirky, ‘just try me’? I don’t know and I don’t care. It felt gross. And it was the tipping point that made me me want to open up in a real frank way. His name is Tyler Grasham, an agent at APA Agency.”

The director said he was a teenager, possibly 17 or 18, when he was offered alcohol and sexually abused.

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