Ricky Garcia of Boy Band Forever in Your Mind Sues Manager, APA Over Alleged Sexual Abuse
Ricky Garcia. Credit: Bruce Glikas/WireImage

Ricky Garcia of Boy Band Forever in Your Mind Sues Manager, APA Over Alleged Sexual Abuse

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LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) – Ricky Garcia of Forever in Your Mind is suing his ex-manager Joby Harte, along with APA, Cohen/Thomas Management, Hot Rock Media and several other individuals for allegedly committing or abetting childhood sexual assault, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a complaint submitted Tuesday (Sept. 19) to the L.A. County Superior court, Garcia reportedly claims that his ex-manager Joby Harte raped and sexually assaulted him “dozens of times” during his teenage years. He also reportedly claims that Harte groomed him into a “sexual plaything that could be passed around his friends in the business,” including ex-APA agent Tyler Grasham, who was fired in October 2017 amid sexual harassment and assault allegations, and manager-producer Nils Larsen. According to THR, Grasham is accused of making sexually aggressive comments and licking Garcia’s toes while Larsen is accused of grabbing his penis over his pants at a concert in 2016. Additionally, Garcia alleges the companies ratified the assault by “fostering a sexually abusive culture in their offices” and failed to take action to prevent the assault despite knowing it happened to others previously, reports THR.

Garcia is being represented by attorneys Ben Meiselas and Michael Popok. No judge has been assigned to the case as of yet.

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