Vincent Cirrincione Shuts Down Management Company In Wake Of Allegations

Vincent Cirrincione has shut down his management company in wake of sexual harassment allegations.

Via WashingtonPost:

Vincent Cirrincione, who helped propel Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson to Hollywood stardom, shut his management agency on Monday following allegations that he sexually harassed aspiring black actresses over a period of two decades.

Cirrincione, 70, read a statement to The Washington Post saying that he made the decision to close after 40 years in business to protect the careers of the two dozen actors and actresses he represented.

“It is with incredibly great sadness at this time that I believe it’s in the best interest of all my actors and actresses that I represent to close my management company,” Cirrincione said. “This business is hard enough, and I don’t want to distract in any way from their careers or opportunities in the entertainment field. I wish all my clients the very best in all their endeavors.”

The Post has since heard from 12 additional women, three of whom are white, who allege that Cirrincione made sexually inappropriate advances toward them, as well. The new accusations, dating back to New York in 1989, come from women who auditioned for him and those he represented, as well as from one of his former employees.

Notified of the new allegations, Cirrincione said, “I apologize for my bad behavior. It was never my intention to disrespect anyone.”

He said last week that he accepts responsibility for pursuing sexual relationships but denies allegations that he sought sexual favors in exchange for representing actresses. He apologized to the women but characterized all of his interactions with them as “consensual.”

Barbara Stark, a former agent-turned-manager who said she worked with Cirrincione for more than three decades, called his behavior toward women “absolutely unconscionable” and questioned how consensual any of the interactions could be.

“It’s not a two-way street,” she said. “When these men say it’s consensual, it’s really not an even road because the pseudo power lies with the one behind the desk.”

Stark said she met Cirrincione in New York in the 1980s when she was an agent and worked in his Los Angeles office as a manager for about five years in the 1990s representing lower-profile clients.

She said that Cirrincione always treated her professionally — “nothing but a gentleman” — and that she witnessed him working hard for Berry and Henson at a time when “it was hard to get a black actress on anything.” But she said she left his company because of the “climate in that office.”

“If there’s nine, there’s 90,” Stark said, “because it’s been going on many, many years. But it’s the climate of Hollywood. Actresses were going in and out of his office all day long, every hour. I and other employees would just get totally disgusted. We all knew what was going on.”

She said she never spoke with Cirrincione about his behavior. “It was not my job to supervise him,” Stark said.“I wasn’t brave enough to say anything.’’

Cirrincione did not dispute Stark’s account.