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Boy Band Member Sues Ex-Manager for Alleged Rape, Claims Sexual Assault on 'Almost Weekly Basis'

A Disney channel actor and member of the boy band Without end In Your Thoughts has reportedly filed swimsuit towards his former supervisor and a number of others, claiming he was repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted when he was as younger as 12 years previous.

Ricky Garcia, now 20, alleged that he was groomed to be a “sexual plaything” by ex-manager Joby Harte, who would then “pass around” to his trade buddies, in response to paperwork obtained by PEOPLE and first reported by The Hollywood Reporter and TMZ.

The defendants haven’t but had the chance to reply to the grievance in court docket, and PEOPLE has been unable to succeed in both Harte or Larson for remark.

Within the swimsuit, Garcia claims he was raped and sexually assaulted by Harte “dozens of times,” and that the chief would present him porn and ply him with alcohol, after which Garcia says he would get up bare the following morning beside Harte.

Harte allegedly organized an in a single day “songwriting session” for Garcia’s band in 2014 during which such a sequence of occasions occurred, and Harte allegedly advised the singer he undressed him and bathed him after Garcia vomited on himself whereas blacked out.

The paperwork allege that by the point he was 16 years previous, Garcia was sexually assaulted by Harte on a near-weekly foundation.

Garcia additionally claims within the swimsuit that on his 17th birthday, Harte entered his bathe stall at a lodge and compelled Garcia to masturbate him.

“Defendant Harte, the ringleader, employed the well-worn pedophile playbook of grooming and seduction,” Geragos & Geragos lawyer Ben Meiselas writes within the grievance. “He targeted an economically and emotionally vulnerable pre-teen and his parents. He then groomed and seduced the child’s mother to have her lay down her defenses and give him unfettered access to her son, making her an unwitting accomplice to his depravity.”

Along with Harte, the company APA, former APA agent Tyler Grasham, manger-producer Nils Larsen, Harte’s firm Sizzling Rock Media, Cohen/Thomas Administration and its companions Sheri Andersen Thomas and Paul Cohen are all listed as defendants.

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Grasham, who was fired by APA in October 2017 amid unrelated sexual harassment and assault allegations, is accused of creating sexually aggressive feedback and licking Garcia’s toes in 2014.

Larsen, in the meantime, is accused of grabbing the younger star’s penis over his pants at a 2016 live performance.

Garcia says he didn’t voice the accusations till March 2018 as a result of he feared the repercussions, although he ultimately advised Harte’s former assistant, who then advised his mom.

Harte allegedly dismissed the allegations as “horseplay” when confronted, however admitted he “did not behave like an adult,” in response to the lawsuit.

Someday after submitting the swimsuit in L.A. County Superior Courtroom, Garcia issued a press release on Instagram calling it “one of the most difficult days” of his life.

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“It was through the support of my family, friends, all my supporters, and most of all God that I summoned the courage to speak out against the executives who sexually abused me as a child,” he wrote. “Sadly, I know my experience is just one of many and I hope my actions today will help others who experienced abuse to know that they are not alone and that there are people in this world fighting for them.”

Garcia’s attorneys stated in a press release to PEOPLE that Harte’s alleged actions derailed his promising profession.

“Our client, Ricky Garcia, was a preteen and teen music and acting star in the making. Tragically, and as alleged by him under oath in the complaint, high powered male entertainment industry executives, led by his former manager Joby Harte, who were responsible for nurturing his career, instead sexually preyed on his economic and emotional vulnerability, and sexually assaulted and raped him. In twisted fashion they inflicted injuries and shame on our client that have derailed his promising career and that will take him a lifetime to recover from,” the assertion learn.


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So please if anyone is out there right now going through something even remotely similar to what I went through, please, we all need to speak out about this– yes of course I want justice for the POS that manipulated me, but more importantly this about saving anyone else who feels like they don’t have a voice, because I can tell you this. YOU are not alone. This can can happen to anyone that you know. It’s just a matter of talking about this to people and letting your close ones know that it’s not okay. So if anyone knows anyone else that’s going through this shit as well. It’s so important to speak up for them🙏🏼

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“As set out in his Instagram message, Mr Garcia has bravely stepped forward to join the #metoo movement, to reclaim his dignity and declare that victims like him must be heard.”

Garcia initially appeared on The X Issue in 2013, and teamed up with two different musicians to kind Without end In Your Thoughts after he was eradicated, on the recommendation of Simon Cowell.

He has additionally appeared in additional than 30 episodes of the Disney Channel sequence Greatest Pals At any time when.

In the event you or somebody you understand has been sexually assaulted, please contact the Nationwide Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to on-line.rainn.org.


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