A high supervisor in Hollywood, who helped kick-off the careers of actresses Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson is being accused of sexually harassing 9 ladies.
Vincent Cirrincione, now 70, is being accused by 9 minority ladies of inappropriate conduct spanning from 1993 to 2011 — not one of the ladies have made felony allegations in opposition to him, however allege he forcefully kissed them or promised profession developments for sexual relationships, The Washington Submit revealed in a report Friday.
Tamika Lamison, claims that Cirrincione made undesirable advances towards her after they met the earlier evening in New York Metropolis at a Tony Awards dinner.
She was a 27-year-old actress residing in New York in 1996 when she was invited to his resort suite. The supervisor put his shopper Halle Berry on speakerphone, which left Lamison in awe.
It made her imagine that he may assist an African-American actress resembling herself land a number one position.
She started studying a poem she had written after the decision with Berry ended when Cirrincione grabbed her, began kissing her and caught his tongue in her mouth, she recalled to The Submit.
Eight different African-American ladies and one Asian American lady got here ahead to The Submit with accusations of undesirable and sexual advances and harassment.
Stars accused of sexual harassment and assault
Three ladies stated he requested for intercourse in return for representing them after which didn’t take them on as purchasers after they refused.
One other lady stated he requested her to have intercourse with him month-to-month with the promise of advancing her profession and a fifth ladies claimed Cirrincione masturbated in entrance of her in his workplace whereas serving as her supervisor.
Most of the ladies stated they seen Cirrincione as a “gatekeeper” for black actresses within the business.
In a press release, the supervisor stated he accepted accountability for pursuing sexual relationships however denied ever providing profession development or illustration in return for sexual favors.
“I’ve had affairs whereas in dedicated relationships, ones I’m now ashamed to say are coming to mild and shading my previous and my repute. I can say indubitably that I’ve by no means used favors, sexual or in any other case, as a cause for managing anybody. I wish to make it clear that not a type of relationships had been something however consensual,” his assertion learn.
“I take accountability in my view within the scenario and I’m not right here to decrease anybody’s emotions or experiences. I apologize to those ladies, my previous and current companion, my purchasers and workers for the ache that is bringing them. I used to be below the impression I used to be residing my life as a supportive man to ladies. It’s with a heavy coronary heart that I see now I used to be unsuitable.”
Berry, who labored with Cirrincione for 25 years, stated she ended their skilled relationship greater than three years in the past after listening to a girl on the radio say she had her worst casting sofa expertise along with her supervisor.
“That information actually stopped me in my tracks. I instantly confronted Vince about it, and he denied it fully. However even together with his denial, one thing did not really feel proper in my spirit, and with the chance that it may very well be true, I instantly ended our over-25-year relationship,” she stated in a press release to The Washington Submit.
She additionally stated that “Vince,” as she referred to as him, by no means made an inappropriate gesture towards her and he or she by no means heard of his conduct, however she has a “no-tolerance coverage.”
Cirrincione stated he didn’t recall a confrontation with Perry over his conduct and that she didn’t simply finish their relationship “abruptly.”
Berry, the one African-American lady to have received the Academy Award for Greatest Actress in a number one position, as soon as credited Cirrincione as her “secret weapon.”
Henson stated she by no means had a problem with Cirrincione. Her publicist is his longtime girlfriend, Pam Sharp.
Most of the ladies have left performing or moved to behind-the-scene roles after their experiences with Cirrincione.